HIRSAL, Josef. Čtyři Básně.

[Prague] : UB, 1965. First edition. 12mo. 8 unnumbered pages. Edited and printed by Alois Chvála. Rare samizdat collection of visual poems by the renowned experimental Czech poet, Hirsal. The poems use repeated words to build up a visual and sonic matrix, on the page and the tongue. The first poem consists of a repeated series of words: ‘bude je bylo’ that gradually – through typographic manipulation – reverse into ‘bylo je bude’. The second poem is a repeated grouping of consonants (‘c’, ‘h’, ‘m’, ‘n’, and ‘t’) used to create words using the single vowel ‘a’. The third poem – an homage to William Faulkner – uses his name as the central spine of the poem. The final poem is the repeated word ‘akt’ aligned vertically down the page with the addition of the letter ‘f’ three times to make ‘fakt’. A near fine example with plain outer wrapper present but lacking the further black wrapper. Scarce WorldCat locates just three examples, one in the UK and two in the US.


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