Perched on Nothing's Branch: Selected Poetry of Attila József
Forty poems and one essay by the left-wing schizophrenic Hungarian poet who committed suicide by throwing himself under a train.
"I have long thought of Attila Jozsef as one of the great poets of the century--a tragic realist whose work beautifully redeemed the unbearable conditions of the life to which history condemned him. These new translations will be welcomed."--Donald Justice
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Note on the Translator
Academy of American American Poets Antal Attila Jozsef Autumn back any moment—like blossom boxcar bread Budapest cities clouds Cool air seeps curly smile wobbled Curriculum Vitae Damp diamond mountain drunk is lying EARTH RUMBLING Everything is old eyes face fall fascist foster parents glasses Glassmakers go with glistening grade Greek Orthodox hair hand hangs heart heaven Hungary keep vigil kisses landscape LIGHT AMONG INSECTS look Magyar MAXINE KUMIN moon mountain nervous breakdown neurasthenia Nothing's Branch Perched on Nothing's Plath poet poetry POOR DEAD rags rain rush of lighted rushes past melancholy Schizophrenic shadow shines Shouting silence smoke Soapy Water sorrow soul stars Step szo Strength Song suicide summer sun's flaming train supper—did I ask swineherd Szeged tears There's Tiszta szivvel tracks trembles Vienna Hungarian Academy Weariness squats White Pine Press wind wing winter night wisp of compartments woman Yellow grass yellow in dreams