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“AN ALCHEMIST FASTER THAN THE RADIO”

From Vítězslav Nezval, Moderní básnické směry (1937), forthcoming in Prague Poetics: From 1920 to the Present, ed. & trans. David Vichnar   Poetism is a literary and poetic movement that was born in 1923 in Prague and whose founders, Vítězslav Nezval and Karel Teige, emphasised freedom of imagination and the necessity of poetry’s self-containment as … Continue reading

"Modernity today is not in the hands of the poets, but in the hands of the cops" // Louis Aragon
"It is the business of the future to be dangerous" // A.N. Whitehead

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"Poetism is the crown of life; Constructivism is its basis" // Karel Teige

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“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?…we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us” // Franz Kafka, letter to Oskar Pollack, 27 January 1904
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