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THE FOLLOWING POEMS ARE TAKEN FROM MAGDALENA, A COLLABORATIVE WORK IN PROGRESS BY PHIL SHOENFELT AND KATERINA PINOSOVA. THE BOOK IS A POETIC-EROTIC MEDITATION ON THE DARK, OBSESSIVE SIDE OF SEXUALITY, AND ON THE MAGICAL-EROTIC NATURE OF PRAGUE ITSELF. IT TAKES THE FORM OF A SERIES OF POEMS, LETTERS, SHORT STORIES AND INCANTATIONS PASSED BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN TWO IMAGINARY LOVERS.

SHOENFELT IS A LONGTIME RESIDENT OF PRAGUE WHO IS KNOWN FOR BEING SINGER-SONGWRITER OF THE BANDS SOUTHERN CROSS (PRAGUE) FATAL SHORE (BERLIN) AND DIM LOCATOR (BERLIN). HE HAS RECORDED FIFTEEN CDS TO DATE ON VARIOUS LABELS IN THE UK, USA, CZECH REPUBLIC, GERMANY AND GREECE, AND IS THE AUTHOR OF JUNKIE LOVE (AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL), ZELENY HOTEL/THE GREEN HOTEL (A BILINGUAL EDITION OF POETRY AND SONG LYRICS), AND MOST RECENTLY THE FIRST BOOK OF STRIPPED (A TRILOGY OF AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVELS SET IN NEW YORK IN THE EARLY 1980s). JUNKIE LOVE WAS WINNER OF THE 2002 FIRECRACKER ALTERNATIVE BOOK AWARD IN NEW YORK.

PINOSOVA IS A MEMBER OF THE GROUP OF CZECH AND SLOVAK SURREALISTS AND HAS HAD HER WORK PUBLISHED IN DIFFERENT LITERARY ANTHOLOGIES, PUBLICATIONS AND MAGAZINES. SHE IS ALSO THE AUTHOR OF HOUSENKA SMRTIHLAVA (A BOOK OF POETRY AND ILLUSTRATIONS) AND COLLABORATED WITH THE AMERICAN POET LAURA CONWAY ON THE ALPHABET OF TREES. SHE HAS HAD A NUMBER OF SOLO AS WELL AS COLLECTIVE SURREALIST EXHIBITIONS IN CZECH REPUBLIC, FRANCE, THE UK AND THE USA. PINOSOVA IS ALSO THE ILLUSTRATOR OF THE PRESENT WORK.

10.

Sir,
Please, tell me if I disturb you enough.
I love disturbing you, as I love disturbing myself.
I’m sorry that Magdalena got so angry last weekend.
She was too demanding, but for this you must forgive her.
I’ll whip her this evening,
I’ll whip her until she weeps,
I’ll whip her until I taste blood.
Then I’ll hang myself from the nearest tree
To excite your curiosity.

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