Malachy Tallack: In Prague
In Prague is the result of a year spent living and working in that most magical and evocative of cities. The poems in this collection focus not only on specific places and people the poet encountered during his time there, but also on the relationships between past and present, experience and memory.
"This is writing with a purpose. Its subject may be weighty, but is never weighed down by it. The interest in the collection lies in its view that life, though never wholly comprehensible, is always interesting and worth revisiting."
- Patricia Prime, The New Hope International Review
"This pamphlet of poems . . . took me right there, to the city I know well."
"The poems are strong, concise and personal."
"I found the lack of definition intriguing and important, essential to the nature of the city and the mood of the poems. Less is more." - Lyn Moir, Sphinx Magazine
"This collection is a finely wrought, beautiful evocation of place and time. The poet's intense relationship with the city is compelling and his lyrical articulation of it is often dramatic."
- The Shetland Times
"This is a collection not to be missed. Tallack's is a voice to be heard. The unusual rhythms, images and perspectives make this a striking first collection and mark Tallack as an emerging writer to take note of."
- The New Shetlander
You and I -
My vanishing friend
Walk together -
Not hand in hand
Though somehow close -
Its high stone walls still ahead of us -
We turned back
Fearing the cold -
Or perhaps not that.
With the turning of clocks -
So much else
Has become lost
Prasky Hrad ('Prague Castle')
I am moved
By the sudden chiming of bells
To years past
When bells struck through the silence
As they do now
And met ears that stopped to hear them
As they do now.
A shivering, wild air of metal rings
Through the infinite sameness of memories.