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)

Viola Fischerová

1935  –  2010

Poetess and translator. Born in Brno (daughter of the sociologist and philosopher J. L. Fischer), attending secondary school at Královo Pole, then went on to study humanities at Brno, moving on to Prague. In 1968 she left for Switzerland (Basel), where she took a series of jobs, in 1985 moving to Munich, from 1994 to the end of her life living in Prague. Her debut work was ready to be published in 1957 but proscribed when it came to it, so her actual debut work was the collection Zádušní mše za Pavla Buksu / ‘Memorial Mass for Pavel Buksa’ (1993). A poetess of the big themes, such as death, loneliness; moreover, a poetess full of yielding detachment and a notably spiritual approach.

The author and the places of his/her poems

Mokrá Hora (Wet Mountain)

The poem and the place


To Pavel Švanda

In the summer after noon
the sun’s arm points
to the woodland on Mokrá Hora
a moment from somewhere
to somewhere beyond my reach
in the little room lights and shadows
barefoot above the slope
between heaven and earth
where fortune begins
and promise does not end

Fischerová, Viola: Odrostlá blízkost (Closeness grown apart), Brno: Petrov 1996, p. 31.                      


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