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)

Petr Hrbáč


Poet, writer and publicist. Born in Brno, he attended the grammar school at Slovanské náměstí and went on to the medical faculty.  He lives and works in Brno, his home patch being Královo Pole. His debut came in 1996 with the collection Studna potopeného srdce (The well of the submerged heart’). Since then, a number of other books of poetry and prose have followed. He has also worked as a reviewer. His passion is botany, which comes through in his works; moreover he is an experimental musician (specialising in digital music) and a performer.  


The author and the places of his/her poems


The poem and the place

Brno drains

For a while you want – a while like that started wars –
for the heavy and right-as-rain stream
to flow down the dirty street,
at the end of which the church
auctions-off calcified birds.
They are blind, splattered
and in their beaks crushing
the shivery fever of infested, balconied hewing.
Chill is good for the ankles,
after all the congealed blood from the lowest bone
is deliriously delicious butchers’ fare,
Brno used to be very German
and the Gestapo used to have the best results here and not only they …
Let’s give the underworld cause
for some gurgling swamping.
Even tenderness wants to fart.

                                                      translated by Václav Pinkava


Hrbáč, Petr: Podzemní hvězda (Underworld Star), Brno: Petrov 1998, p. 91. 


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