Blackbird a Book of Poems on the World and Work of Franz Kafka

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In this, his seventh poetry collection, Emery George pays homage to the storyteller who has most urgently addressed our age. Arranged in three parts, the poems celebrate Prague ("Oh City, City!"), Kafka and his circle ("Franti_ek"), and selected stories ("Tales of the Frightened Imagination"). The Prague of Kafka's day was one of Europe's most beautiful cities (it still is). For Kafka it was a place to try to escape from. He felt claustrophobic there, and yearned for the open spaces of travel. He seems to have felt that the ancient and ornate buildings were like people: forbidding, staring, incommunicado.-- from the Preface


. . . approaches the life of Franz Kafka as if it were one of his texts, equally open to interpretation. And taking this freedom, George proceeds to write a brilliant series of poems that capture the dark night of Kafka's soul. There are also Kafkaesque flashes of black humor, and echoes of Kafka's haunting writing. Those who are still seeking to illuminate Kafka's life would do well to look for him in the pages of this book." - Howard Schwartz in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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