Slovakian Spring with Raspberries on Her Fingers by Miroslav Dávid i think everybody would want herand preferably if she were only theirsnailed upside downbleeding raspberries on the Marian cross from steel reinforcement with raspberries on her fingers she won’t hurt anybody they’re from her garden that is like a poem and from all the healing herbs of true love and shots of rum so don’t you interfere, devil even if she’s bare to her soulshe’s going to be mine. Miroslav Dávid writing as Moddivari and River Salome: “with Raspberries on Fingers” (Elist Publishing, 2018) Ripe by Danica Hrnčiarová Šišláková burlesque tones of silly wishesreverberated in the trumpets of Jerichoforgiven is the one who woundedthe beast inside me that doesn’t grow the battle is overonly silence now I peer into the poetry windowI’ve (hopefully) won the duel with pridethe other results – one all The Ballad of the Pearl (to All Petrarcas) by Vladimír Skalský Like a scalpel stuck in the chesta grain of sand hurts so muchit penetrated the oyster’s armouronly because In the moment of weakness It was let close to the heart There is nothing leftbut to wrap the pain in beautyto dull the pain with wordsand, with the cut-up heart,toll furiouslyall the bellsof the lonely bedroom I Stopped You by Vladimír Skalský I stopped you in the streetMaybe you would have been run over by a carMaybe you would have met a great loveAnd your son might have destroyed the worldOr solved the nuclear waste problemI held you up for three minutesSurely another sperm would make itMarilyn Monroe would have crooked legsKennedy’s assassin wouldn’t be born at allTen years from now, we’d land on Mars I stopped you in the streetAnd that is how I changed the world Meet the Poets Miroslav Dávid is a Slovak poet, an award-winning lyricist who celebrated massive success with hits for Slovak rock and pop acts in the 80s. He is also a music manager and producer. So far, he has four poetry collections published: Rogalo, veľryba a Kristus Pán (2017: Trio Publishing, Bratislava), Detox (2017: Silvia Hodálová – VIUSS, Bratislava), s Malinami nastoknutými na Prstoch (2018: Vydavateľstvo Elist), Domino (2019: Vydavateľstvo Elist). He has also been awarded prestigious literary prices such Mobel Prize 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively or Pars Poetry 2018. He has three children and two grandchildren. He is divorced. Danica Hrnčiarová Šišláková, an award-winning poet and a software analyst, comes from Banská Bystrica (Slovakia) but is currently living in the Czech Republic. She started writing first poems when she was about 8 years old. At the age of 13, she became a published poet: she published in the literary supplement of the magazine Nové slovo, with then the editor-in-chief Vojtech Mihálik and in the anthology Právo na píseň. After starting a family, she took a long hiatus from writing. After 2015, she returned to poetry again and ventured to read it publicly. Her poems appeared in many anthologies in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, as well as publication in the online magazine of the Association of World Writers (AWW). Vladimír Skalský was born on April 26, 1972 in Prešov, Slovakia, where he graduated from grammar school. Later, he earned a master’s degree in theoretical physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague. As well as running his own business, since 1992 he has held a number of public office positions and management positions in various media corporations. Since 1996, he has been the vice-chairman of the Slovak-Czech Club and deputy editor-in-chief of the magazine Slovenské dotyky (Slovak Touches), and from 2004 to 2013 he was the editor of the literary quarterly, the Czech-Slovak journal Zrkadlenie/Zrcadlení (Mirror/Zrcadlení). Since 2006 he has been the President of the World Association of Slovaks Abroad, and since 2009 he has been the Vice President of the Europeans in the World, based in Brussels. Since 2014 he has been the director of the Slovak House in Prague. He is a member (2004 – 2010 and from 2019 until now) and Vice-Chairman (2005 – 2008) of the Government Council for National Minorities of the Czech Republic. He has authored many books: the collections of poems To Silence (2000) and From Two Shores (2017) and the collection of essays Keywords: Prague, Slovakia, literature (2004). All in all, he appears as either an author, co-author or editor of about thirty books. He was co-editor of the three-volume anthology of Slovak literature abroad Between Two Houses (2008-2010) and co-editor of Čítanka moderní slov. literature for secondary schools (2003). His poems and essays have been translated into English, French, Czech, Chinese, Hungarian, Russian and Serbian. All translations by Natalie Nera.