Anatomy of a leap into the void

By Miroslav Holub 1923–1998 Miroslav Holub
A.    Use of the lift
       going up
       is permitted, provided

B.    Use of the lift
       going down
       is not permitted, provided

C.    Use of the lift
       going up is

D.    Use of the lift
       going down is not

E.    Use of the lift
       going up

F.    Use of the lift
       going

G.    Use of the lift

H.    Is      Is not

I.    Use

J.    U--

Miroslav Holub, “Anatomy of a leap into the void” from Poems Before & After.  Reprinted with the permission of Bloodaxe Books Ltd., www.bloodaxebooks.com.

Source: Poems Before and After (Bloodaxe Books, 2006)

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Poet Miroslav Holub 1923–1998

POET’S REGION Eastern Europe

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Activities, Travels & Journeys

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Miroslav Holub is a scientist by vocation and considers his poetry a pastime. Holub told Stephen Stepanchev in a New Leader interview that the Czech Writers Union had offered him a stipend equivalent to his salary as a research scientist to enable him to devote two years to his poetry. "But I like science," he said. "Anyway, I'm afraid that, if I had all the time in the world to write my poems, I would write nothing at all."

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SUBJECT Living, Time & Brevity, Activities, Travels & Journeys

POET’S REGION Eastern Europe

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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