Jaromír Typlt (b. 1973) is a poet, performer, essayist, and art theorist specializing in art brut. In the 1990s his poetry was influenced by a surrealist understanding of the imagination. In latest years he has increasingly moved beyond the field of literature towards live performance, music, and the visual arts. In a Long While is definitely one of the most remarkable poems written in Czech over the recent years.
October 2016, 48 pages
Available material: English sample
Rights sold: Germany (Hochroth)
One of the most distinctive authors of the young generation. The most epic of Typlt’s texts.
The situations and words in Jaromír Typlt’s collection are vague, threatening and seemingly void. The poetry collection Za dlouho (In a Long While) is self-deprecating and self-observing, informed by the author’s journey though experiments with words, sounds and images, which Typlt has undertaken since the 1990s. Perhaps the most private author’s collection, particularly economical with words and style in contrast to the previous ones, but perhaps this is just an experiment on himself: both allow him to make experimental findings. The poet focuses primarily on imagery, which is of decisive importance for him. He keeps an eye on himself as he designs structures, while allowing us into his game, where he lets us take the roles of witnesses to the birth, struggle and dissolution of stories and worlds. In his texts he is also seeking, but never groping his way: he always knows where he wants to get to, but he does not yet know by what means he will manage to do so. His texts continually wander, relocate and reconstruct. Typlt’s poetry is not motionless; it attempts to be something agile within the written word, i.e. within something permanently fixed.