7 Bands that Inspired My Literature

My Japanese phase is still going strong. Since approximately May this year all I’ve read is Japanese novels. And I mean all I’ve read. It’s good to know that even after over a decade of being a writer I can still fall in love with a new piece of literature. As one would expect, my…

Before Emigration

  September 1964, a week before Independence     The summer was bright over the rocks and the sea. A seagull dived into the water. A young boy watched it and thought of German bombers diving over ships and cities during the war. He was young and he wanted to jump into the clear waves….

Auschwitz

  1   “Along the train tracks a group of Jewish boys were singing. It was magical. I hated them. How dare they let magic into this living hell? And then, I saw her. I saw the woman who would become my wife posing for a photo at the gates of Auschwitz.”   2  …

Poems of Remembrance

Goddess of Youth   The goddess of youth Flies like a tainted riff Over ancient temples long bombed.   Will she come to kiss me Or shun me into submission?   The Sisters of Fate weave secrets Worse than number tattoos They toy with destinies suspended From the softly swaying gallows.   And the goddess…

Budapest Poems

   St. Stephen’s Basilica   Alone in a crowd Where the basilica gives mass.   Pantheon of ivory Your windows are closed.   Dome like a panzer Hidden behind the steeples.   I think of what you will be At nightfall, and I mourn.   Alone in a crowd Where teenagers give mass.   Sea…

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

The title is not my own. It is the title of a book every literature lover should own. Poems That Make Grown Make Cry is an anthology of poetry, edited by Anthony and Ben Holden, selected by renowned celebrities. People as diverse as Richard Dawkins, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Irons and Christopher Hitchens chose poems that…

The Four B’s of Budapest – IV – Buzz

Are cities defined by their people or are the people defined by their city? It’s a hard question to answer. Almost as hard as the nature vs. nurture question. It is most probably a mixture of the two. The city and its inhabitants are bound in an unbreakable dance that shapes and moulds each in…

Travelling as Artist and Writer

Different creative types travel differently. A  photographer might need to stop at very bridge and cathedral, a performer might need to visit the opera or the theatre. If you’re a foodie blogger, then of course you need eateries.   This week’s post is a little different; this blog was co-written by my wife Chloe Fenech….

The Four B’s of Budapest – III – Buda Castle

    A Medieval castle built in the 13th century that was renovated into a Baroque behemoth in the 18th. Buda Castle is the landmark that is most prominent on the banks of the Danube. It controls an eye-catching hill, just across Chain Bridge, and at night is a fortified beacon of soft pride. Nowadays,…

The Four B’s of Budapest – II – Beauty

  “Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ― Franz Kafka   It seems to me, that throughout its history, Budapest has kept the ability to see beauty. Indeed, even now as Hungary enters another millennium of existence, it can…