what the poets are doing in Prague…

February 4, 2015

piano concert on the Vltava River

We don’t know what a “poetry machine” might look like, but if Ondřej Kobza is involved, it’s likely to be quirky and entertaining. Kobza, who is a bar owner and entrepreneur well-known around Prague, recently masterminded the placement of pianos throughout the city, available free for anyone who wanted to sit down and play. (He also arranged the piano concert afloat on the Vltava River, shown above.)

Now Kobza has announced a new crowd-sourced project: “Two open-air public ‘poetry machines'” to be placed in the city center. The English in the Prague Daily Monitor is nearly poetry in itself, so it’s a little difficult to picture the “poetrymat,” but we’ll be watching for pictures “as from February.”

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