Ondřej Buddeus

Ondřej Buddeus - "a me". Created in connection with the exhibition "adaptation" (Graz: Steirischer Herbst, 2012) in which the poet which I took part. An outcome of this text installation will be a book called "a me", to be published in February 2014.

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"How To Search For Barbara"

Devote the afternoon to searching for Barbara.
Stroll down the high street of the small town, through the square or
through the malls
and ask the women who catch your eye: “Excuse me,
do you happen to be Barbara?” If the answer is negative,
apologize. If the answer is positive, go on:
“And can I just ask – do you recognize me?”
If the answer is negative,
continue searching for Barbara.

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"trigger"

I pull the trigger
Turn and regard
the display
I pull the trigger Turn
and regard the display
I pull the trigger Turn and regard
the display It is me

You pull the trigger
Turn and regard
the display
You pull the trigger Turn
and regard the display
You pull the trigger Turn and regard
the display It is you

I pull up my shirt Flex
my abs and pull
the trigger Turn and regard
the display It is me
I say and show you

You pull up your shirt
Fish out a breast from your bra and pull
the trigger Turn and regard
the display That’s me
you say and show me

There Will Be Love

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Ondřej Buddeus is a Czech translator, poet and essayist, born in Prague in 1984. He translates from German and Norwegian (J. Winkler, J. E. Vold, A. Mortensen et al.) and is editor-in-chief of the contemporary Czech poetry magazine "Psí vino" and is writing his doctoral thesis in Scandinavian studies. Some of his texts have been translated into German, Italian, Polish, Welsh, Hungarian and English. In 2011, he published his début text collection 55 007 characters with spaces and a picture book for adults, Orangutan in captivity tends towards obesity. He was nominated for the Magnesia Litera Prize, Bank Austria Literaris and Dresdner Lyrikpreis. In 2013, he was awarded the Jiří Orten Prize for his collection Swiftly. His newest book for children Head in Head originates from the collaboration with artist David Böhm.