Ivan Štrpka

Ivan Štrpka

poet, text and essay writer and translator from Spanish and Portuguese. He entered literature as a member of the Lonely Runners group of poets. He studied Slovak and Spanish at the Comenius University in Bratislava. He also worked as a television dramaturg for the Slovak National Television, editor and chief editor of the literary magazines Kultúrny život and Romboid. His first book The Short Childhood of Lancers (Krátke detstvo kopijníkov, 1969) brings the reader the author’s testimony on growing up and the defiance of a young soul facing the humiliation of social reality.


Ivan Štrpka, Struga Poetry Evenings, 24.8.2014.


This poetic debut is followed by a series of books: Tristan Talks Trash (Tristan tára, 1971) which deals with empty phrases of political and social Newspeak. Now and Other Islands (Teraz a iné ostrovy, 1981) is a concept, an exploration of man here and now. It points to hidden traps within and without, his history and his competence as the maker of history. In the fourth book Before Metamorphosis (Pred premenou, 1982) the poet tried to free himself of the heavy burden of logical thinking and previous experience.

Štrpka is obviously reorganizing and repositioning qualities and meanings in new structures thus giving them a completely different and new dimension. News from the Apple (Správy z jablka, 1985) reaches into the magical depths of the author’s world, which is multi-coloured and full of unresolved mysteries. The book of lyrics The Blue Hill is a rare document of cooperation between the rock musician and film-maker Dežo Ursíny and the poet Ivan Štrpka. It contains all Štrpka’s poems-turned-songs until 1987.

The collection entitled Everything Is in a Shell (Všetko je v škrtupine, 1989) oscillates between a travelogue and grotesque vision with a strong inclination to Eastern philosophies, particularly Zen Buddhism. The poetical composition Beautiful Naked World (Krásny nahý svet, 1990) gives the impression that it was written by a man who looked over his shoulder and suddenly discovered a world full of miracles and fairy tales. Maybe it is an expression of his longing to see things as they used to be: in their natural form. His essays are based on political thought and experiences as chief editor of a literary weekly. Rovinsko, South- west. Mother’s Death (Rovinsko, juhozápad. Smrť matky, 1995), full of grave and dark tones, is an attempt to evoke trysts with reality from the other side of experience.


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Six Slovak Poets


The Lonely Runners Anthology edited by the translator Miroslav Zelinský was presented on March 23, 2017 at the Ostrava House of Art. The event took place with the personal presence of Ivan Štrpka and Peter Repka.
The Lonely Runners Anthology edited by the translator Miroslav Zelinský
was presented on March 23, 2017 at the Ostrava House of Art.
The event took place with the personal presence of Ivan Štrpka and Peter Repka.


Reading and book presentation of the Slovak prominent poet Ivan Štrpka in Rome,

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