Jonáš Zbořil

The New Wilderness

Nová divočina
Nová divočina
Host, 2020, 84 pp
Language: Czech
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 9788027502066
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency
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A minatory collection carried along on the original wave of environmental grief and a commitment to nature.

In this thematically linked poetry collection inspired by “environmental grief”, or rather legitimate concerns about the future of the planet and humanity, the author uses the term “the new wilderness” to construct new poetic space – the idea of the world “after us”. He brings together science, the internet and poetry to form a unique style, which could be part of the new trend of so-called environmental poetry. Mankind is on the same level as ponds and greenery; time and space are categories which can be interpreted very loosely.


“Although Zbořil has been inspired by scientific facts and discoveries, his collection cannot be reduced to merely looking at scientific views of the present or future through poetry. Here science serves as the starting point for the construction of artistic time-space, which is guided by a fresh imagination and a fair amount of poetic exaggeration.”


“Zbořil’s term ‘the new wilderness’ is taken out of its original context and transformed into a unique poetic style, an effective image of humanity today. Will there be room for humanity in this new wilderness?”


About the author:

Jonáš Zbořil (1988) studied English and Czech at Charles University. He works as a presenter in Czech Radio. As well as writing he is also involved in music and is a member of the bands Sundays on Clarendon Road and Steakhouse Orchestra. His first poetry collection, Podolí, was published in 2013, and his second, The New Wilderness, in 2020.


Language: Czech
Title: Nová divočina
Place: Brno
Publisher: Host
Year: 2020
Pages: 84
Genre: Poetry