Ivan Blatný

Poet, son of the writer Lev Blatný (1894-1930). Born in Brno, he spent the first part of his life here – before escaping into exile in 1948. He lived in a house...

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František Halas

Poet, translator and publicist, Brno born, spent his childhood and youth here. He learned the bookseller’s trade from A. Píša and for a brief period (1919–1921)...

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Oldřich Mikulášek

Poet and publicist. Lived in Brno from 1937 until his death, latterly at Mášova street. He is linked to several cultural institutions (the Brno studios of Czechoslovak...

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Jaroslav Seifert

Poet, publicist, memoirist. The first – and so far the only Czech to receive the Nobel prize for Literature. In addition to the lasting popularity he won through...

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Jan Skácel

Poet, writer, editor and translator. Spent most of his life in Brno and is closely linked to a number of Brno cultural institutions (the magazine Host do domu...

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Vít Slíva

Poet and schoolteacher. His connection to Brno dates back to his university days. Apart from one interlude, he has been living to this day at Poděbradova street....

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Places (in alphabetical order)

Martin Stöhr


Poet and editor. Born in Zlín, studied at Palacký University Olomouc at the Faculty of Education. Following his studies he moved to Brno in 1997 and started working as an editor for the magazine and eponymous book publisher Host. He has lived at a number of locations latterly in Židenice at Meluzinov. Ho also runs the MaPa publishing house jointly with his wife. His debut collection was Teď noci (‘Now to the Night’) in 1995, with three more collections published since.

The author and the places of his/her poems

Komín Komín

The poem and the place

In a second

it came to me:
the summer again! Anxiety,
that we shan’t be any more...

Last night we made love,
let’s go out to the yard naked,
I’d been afraid to say to you.

There above Komín
shepherding gold, my love,
was the small moon –

Will you
cry me an ocean,
if I should die first?

                                translated by Václav Pinkava


Stöhr, Martin: Přechodná bydliště (Temporary residences), Brno: Host 2004, p. 12.



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