The Old Man's Verses

Ivan Divis

Published by Host Publications, 2008
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Synopsis: Poetry. Translated from the Czech by Deborah Garfinkle. Adopting the persona of the eponymous Old Man, celebrated Czech poet Ivan Divis (1924-1999) writes of the comfort of memory, the nature of faith and the pain of exile. In this moving chronicle of loss and isolation, Divis transports us through space and time, from the pristine mountain peaks of Tibet to a Prague gutter, and from the Big Bang up to the barbarous century of Hitler and Stalin, right through to the brink of the new millennium and the threshold of his mortal existence. With alternating lines of earthy vulgarity and lyric transcendence, the poems in this moving collection expose the longing, pathos and absurdity of human existence. Available to English-speaking audiences for the first time, THE OLD MAN'S VERSES is a provocative, darkly humorous collection from one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary poets.

From Booklist: After Soviet tanks crushed the Prague Spring of 1968, Divis (1924–99) left for West Germany, repatriating only a quarter-century later to the post–Velvet Revolution Czech Republic. He was old and disillusioned when he returned, so the persona he adopted for these poems hews very close to the bone—an erudite old man who, though learned in philosophy, is definitely not philosophical in the sense of wise resignation. Stupidity, perfidy, and cruelty in the face of established, widely disseminated, factual knowledge that indulging such vices brings only more misery offend and dismay him more than ever. His mournful plaints, moving, penetrating, and perversely consoling as an Old Testament prophet’s, are sometimes brought up short, however, against creaturely self-absorption; when he asks the spirit of Mozart the same question about inspiration for the fifth time, the shade explodes: “Sir, God put the fucking notion in my head.” Notice there is God in that outburst. Faith despite everything sustains the old man, too, who rages against the darkness as powerfully as and oddly more companionably than Dylan Thomas. --Ray Olson

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Title: The Old Man's Verses
Publisher: Host Publications
Publication Date: 2008
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