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The Aztec Calendar and Other Poems by Antonin Bartusek, Ewald Osers

Before his death, the Czech poet Antonin Bartusek (1921-74) had gained a reputation as one of the most accessible of Eastern European poets. As Ewald Osers notes in his Preface, `his poetry arouses not our curiosity... but an immediate sympathetic response.' His work is best known in the West through translations which have appeared in numerous magazines, as well as in the Penguin `Three Czech Poets'. Introducing his work in the Penguin volume, Graham Martin described Bartusek as `a master of suggestion, of exactly the right degree of imprecision of language, of the hesitating rhythm and the timed pause... on the evidence of these translations I suspect Bartusek is a great poet.'

This volume presents Bartusek's last major poem-sequence consisting of nineteen poems, each based on the beliefs and ritual associated with the nineteen months of the Aztec calendar. In writing about `the anguished loneliness of the Aztec human existence against the background of a pitiless age,' Bartusek reveals `an atmosphere very much like that in which twentieth-century man is living.' These are powerful poems which conform Graham Martin's earlier verdict.

The book concludes with a contrasting selection of short poems which again display Bartusek's fine lyric gift.

The Aztec Calendar and Other Poems
Author:
by Antonin Bartusek, Ewald Osers
Title:
The Aztec Calendar and Other Poems
ISBN:
0856460168
ISBN13:
978-0856460166
Publisher:
Anvil Press Poetry; First Edition edition (November 27, 1975)
Language:
English
Category:
Poetry
Size ePub version:
1731 kb
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1333 kb
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4.3
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