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o Be Said Over and Over Again
I glance down at my shoe and - there's the lace!
This can't be gaol then, can it, in that case.

(Translated by Clive Wilmer and George Gömöri)

1943 born in Budapest
1961-66 studied Philosophy and Literature at Budapest University of Art
1981-85 editor of the underground journal "Beszélő"
1975-88 his poems became "politically unacceptable" as a result also of his activity in the Democratic Opposition. Three collections in samizdat.
from 1989 editor of the journal "Holmi"
1990 awarded the József Attila Prize

Writes poetry, translates poetry and drama from English, French, German. "Petri's a distinctive new voice in Hungarian poetry: his grotesque, often bitterly sardonic approach to conventional values is coloured by a strange fascination with death." (George Gömöri and George Szirtes)

"I don't consider myself an 'engaged' artist, in the original sense of the world. Politics plays just as important part in my life as women, good cigarettes, alcohol, and my private passion, cooking. Politics is a determining factor of my life."
(György Petri)



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