Paris Notebook: Poems (Bilingual Edition)

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Visible Spectrum
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5.25 X 8.0 X 0.28 inches | 0.31 pounds

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About the Author
Stephan Delbos is the first Poet Laureate of Plymouth, Massachusetts. His poetry, essays and translations have been published internationally. He is the editor of From a Terrace in Prague: A Prague Poetry Anthology (Litteraria Pragensia, 2011). His play Chetty's Lullaby, about trumpet legend Chet Baker, was produced in San Francisco in 2014. His play Deaf Empire, about Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, was produced by Prague Shakespeare Company in 2017. His co-translation of The Absolute Gravedigger, by Czech poet Vítĕzslav Nezval, was awarded the PEN/Heim Translation Grant in 2015 and was published by Twisted Spoon Press. His co- translation of Nezval's Woman in the Plural is forthcoming from Twisted Spoon Press. He is the translator of Paris Notebook by Czech poet Tereza Riedlbauchov (The Visible Spectrum, 2020), and the author of the poetry chapbook In Memory of Fire (Cape Cod Poetry Review, 2016); and the poetry collection Light Reading (BlazeVOX, 2019). A Senior Lecturer at Charles University and Anglo-American University, he is also a founding editor of B O D Y.

"Paris Notebook showcases a dreamy lyricism that nods now and then to the deep dark macabre: 'I stood on the threshold / below me lay a dead woman / in the shape of the day before.' Her poems are sensual, too, and open to the body and its beauties and horrors. Part of her lover's body 'bridges all the rivers and / halts at the midpoint of all the seas.' . . . There are whispers of exuberant despair - 'from now on nothing matters to me' - and haunting moments of truth - 'autumn like a swallowing flower'."-Nina MacLaughlin, Boston Globe

" Paris Notebook is not really about Paris, but a new search for security, peace, and love."-Ondřej Macura

"A poem is, among other things, something that causes enchantment. in Paris Notebook, enchantment is an irrefutable principle by which images detach themselves from prosaic reality and move into the world of myths, prophecies, and fables. These poems reflect a sincere and spontaneous desire to go into the depths of one's body without being afraid of the animals and archetypes that reside there; to face one's own anxieties, instincts, and desires; and at the same time not to abandon lightness, playfulness, and enchantment." -Alena Meas