Jan Zábrana (1931–1984) was a Czech poet who published three collections in his lifetime and was best known as a translator from the English and Russian; much of his own work, including his substantial diaries, appeared posthumously. (February 2020)


Evening Trains

The evening trains went hooting by the factories and the fields of wheat. Harmonicas would lilt and sigh songs such as “Путъ далек лежит”… in the year of nineteen-forty-five, in that year of first cigarettes, when farms without a soul alive …