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The Jingle Bell Principle: A Readers' & Writers' Guide to the Poetry Scene

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These 'essaylets' are as brilliant and blackly funny as Holub's poetry, as succinct as his scientific writing - like a cross between Flann O'Brien and Jonathan Swift, with a dash of Tristram Shandy.


Miroslav Holub (1923-98) was the Czech Republicís most important poet, and also one of her leading scientists. As well as Poems Before & After: Collected English Translations (1990/2006), Bloodaxe publish The Jingle Bell Principle, a book of his prose pieces, and Supposed to Fly, a highly original and entertaining illustrated gathering of poems with some prose interruptions drawn from his native city of Plzen, perhaps better known, for its world-famous beer, by its German name of Pilsen.