PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
Mark FordLetters And So It Goes
Letters from Young Mr Grace
(aka John Ashbery)

(PN Review 239)
Henry Kingon Toby Martinez de las Rivas
(PN Review 244)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
M. Wynn ThomasThe Other Side of the Hedge
(PN Review 239)
Next Issue Jason Allen-Paisant, Reclaiming Time: On Blackness and Landscape Tara Bergin, Five Poems Miles Burrows, Icelandic Journal Jonathan Hirchfeld, Against Oblivion Colm Toibin, From Vinegar Hill
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
PNR 250 Poetry Archive Banner
Monthly Carcanet Books
PN Review Blog

This poem is taken from PN Review 203, Volume 38 Number 3, January - February 2012.

Three Poems (translated from the Hungarian by Christopher Whyte) Ádám Nádasdy
Ars Poetica

It's just the same as for the candy floss man who,
prodding his stick into the totally empty,
slightly battered, spinning cauldron, waits,
summoning all his strength up in the hope
things will work out as they usually do.
Suddenly, as if from nothingness,
a strand attaches itself to the stick's tip,
the children look on wide-eyed, now another
strand, he starts turning it gingerly
as the next strand arrives, and searches for
a place amongst the ones already there -
the candy floss man's less tense now, he hums
a tune, moves his weight to the other leg,
looks up, the ball keeps getting bigger,
and he can decide which way he wants it, whether
...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image