With one colon the author opens up the world: it is rich, colourful and judgment-free.
This fourth poetry collection by an author from the middle generation follows on from the poetic style of her previous collection Les (Forest, 2016). Here Jitka Srbová focuses on creation, on building worlds, on the moment when things come into being. God takes on many human roles and characteristics. The colon at the end of the title The World: allows the reader to create their own world, to populate it with characters, sets and events, to make it their own. A lover of nature and train travel, Srbová is an observer of minor events who has a good ear for conversation and matters of the heart.
“The poet’s detailed view is admirable and sensitive.”
“A colon … a modulator or variable that can be recast, a curly bracket after which anything might happen: the true start, an introduction as well as a continuation … it says to the reader: everything that I intended, I intended to leave to you.”
About the author
Jitka Bret Srbová (1976) is a poet and journalist. From 2006 to 2011 she was the editor-in-chief of the literary online almanac Wagon. She currently contributes to the fortnightly literary journal Tvar. She has published the poetry collections Někdo se loudá po psím (Someone is Hanging Around like a Dog, 2011), Světlo vprostřed těla (The Light in the Centre of the Body, 2013), Les (Forest, 2016) and Svět: (The World:, 2019). She lives in Hořovice.