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Ivan Schneedorfer was born in Czechoslovakia in 1937. He moved to Canada in 1968, living first in Manitoba and then moving to Tsawwassen, British Columbia, in 1980. He has written poems all his life, and has six published books of poetry in the Czech language, some of which have been translated into French. In 2001, Shoreline published the poet’s first Canadian book, the bilingual The Silence After Music/Le silence apres la musique.

the horizon

is far away

it is quite

inaccessible

now your face

is lighting up

like the landscape

of my youth

when the clouds

were swept away

and suddenly

the sun emerged

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