The most important things to come from close friendships in a collection by the north-Bohemian underground bard.
The fourth book of poetry by the current enfant terrible of Czech poetry, Daniel Hradecký, is made up of three sections / separate compositions. In the ironic introductory “Editing the perfect poem”, the author focuses on literary language through the eyes of a poetry editor. The composition “Přibližování dřeva” (Yarding Wood) evokes the author’s encounters with various people whose speech and life experiences create images in the book that will linger in the mind forever. The closing “Raussig” – referring to the German name for the Czech city Ústí nad Labem (Aussig) – is dedicated with affectionate hatred to the author’s hometown and the landscape of north Bohemia.
“Rather than a poetry collection, Yarding Wood is more like a two-part poem with an overture. Experience, presented here as statements by friends, becomes our own – we adopt it, navigating through it.”
About the author
Daniel Hradecký (1973) is a poet and novelist. From 1994 to 2007 he was an archivist at the Institute for Archaeological Heritage in Most. He has published the poetry collections Muž v průlomu (Man on the Verge, 2008), V cirkuse Calvaria (At the Clavario Circus, 2009) and 64 (2013, nominated for a Magnesia Litera Award in 2014) and the novel in diary form Trosky jednoho deníku (Debris of a Diary, 2016). Přibližování dřeva (Yarding Wood, 2019) is his fourth collection of poetry. He has lived in various places in north Bohemia, currently in Litvínov.