Poetry, experiment, wordplay or just simply, ‘karaoke-TRAP’, a project by the Czech writer and poet Sylva Lauerová, is all about experimental poetry.
As part of November Poetry Day 2017, Sylva came up with some innovative presentations on modern poetry for the regular November meeting. Karaoke-TRAP is about the uniqueness of sound in poetry, the avant-garde of sound as image, of extracted and lyrical extravagance, onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance… and so much more, obviously!
Sylva’s karaoke-TRAP event follows on from the KRAPTUDON project of ‘Dadaist games and other buffoonery’ which was a huge success three years ago, not only entertaining students of the Jan Blahoslav Grammar School in Ivančice but also thrilling visitors to Sylva's author readings. Once again, Sylva ensnared an assembly hall of grammar school students and teachers in her karaoke-TRAP. The audience’s rapt attention during her presentation, the wonderful atmosphere, and the resounding final applause were proof of enjoyment on all sides.
Karaoke-TRAP was continued as part of the Poetry Day festival held at Gallery Aviatik in Prštice. During the regular autumn poetry meeting, Sylva presented foreign-language translations of traditional poetry as well as aphonic and algorithmic poems, calligrams and the new favourite, the Dada hat. Part of the evening was an experimental poetry game, which gave rise to some original poems written and created by the attendees themselves.
The Poetry Day Festival is the largest poetry festival in the Czech Republic. It takes place in dozens of Czech cities over two weeks each year and this year’s Karaoke-TRAP was a very successful part of it.