Always Different: Poems of Memory (Paperback)
The poems in Jenei's collection Always Different: Poems of Memory grapple with childhood, memory, and time. The poet looks back forty years and imagines himself as a boy--the narrator of the poems--looking forward into the future. Thus the poems combine moments with sweeps of time, village scenes with rumblings of societal and technological change. In the tradition of Hungarian writers P ter N das and gota Krist f, Jenei grapples with war and destruction, loneliness, desire, and loss. The literary historian va B nki calls Jenei "one of the great masters of Hungarian free verse"--adding that his poems also hold an epic theme, "the strange underworld of the K d r era, rural Hungary shown through a child's eye." Through their storytelling, searching, and rhythms, these poems take us into our communal yet private longing for self-knowledge, history, and home.