02. 04. 2008. 09:45

András Petocz: In a Row of Sunlight

A selection of poems in English

"I know no European poet as close in spirit to revolutionary Americans like Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg." (Greg Miller) – A book of poetry by András Petocz has been published by Corvina (Budapest), in the translation of Nathaniel Barratt.

András Petocz (1959) was editor of several literary and art periodicals from the 80s, and also edited several volumes of avant-garde literature. He received the Kassák Literary Prize in 1987, the Robert Graves Prize for best Hungarian poem of the year 1990, and the József Attila Prize in 1996. Petocz has published about 25 books: novels and poems.
 
From the introduction to the book by American poet Greg Miller: "András Petocz longs in his bones for the great love affair that will be Europe. I know no one as passionately European as my friend András, and I know no European poet as close in spirit to revolutionary Americans like Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg. Reading these poems, you feel free and alive. Poets from the Old World and the Americas find one another in the United States, where we discover a 'melting pot' of identity that is not, after all, uniquely or even particularly American. Citizens of the remains of old empires (including the Soviet, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian) and former occupied nations interact in New York, Chicago, and a small town in Iowa. Unreconstructed heterosexual men encounter post-feminist women and fluid sexualities and genders; sarcasm strips away hypocrisy's contradictions, revealing at the same time frustration and longing."
 
Please order this book at corvina@lira.hu.

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