Petr Hruška

The poet and columnist Petr Hruška was born in Ostrava on 7 June 1964. Dresdner Lyrikpreis (1998) and Jan Skácel Award (2009) and National price for literatury (2013) winner. Lives in Ostrava in Czech Republic. He studied at the Ostrava Mining University. Between 1990–1994 he studied Czech Literature and Literary Theory at Ostrava University (his M.A. thesis was on Contemporary Underground Czech Poetry and Prose). Later he completed his doctoral studies at Masaryk University in Brno (doctoral thesis on “Postwar Surrealism and Reactions to Inertia in the Avant-Garde Model in Official Poetry”). From 1994–1995 he had an internship at the Institute for Czech Literature of the Czech Academy of Sciences and since 1995 he has been employed there as a researcher in 20th Century Literature. He works in the Institute of Czech Literature of the Academy of Sciences, in Brno, and also teaches literature at Masaryk University, in Brno.


A Room for the Night


the big trucks roared as if ravenous

beasts of the night

you called out the price to me

a room for two people

the guy from the gas station

angular with lack of sleep

led us up a steep staircase

Berlin Krakow Trieste all of it

was in the past now

I had never seen

such a narrow room

when we wanted to turn around

we had to embrace


             Translated by Jonathan Bolton