Gyula Kodolányi

Gyula Kodolányi

GYULA KODOLÁNYI (Budapest, 1942) Editor-in-Chief of Hungarian Review, is the author of 17 collections of poetry, scholarly and literary essays and poetry translations. He taught English and American Literature at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (1970–1989). He received research and teaching fellowships from the British Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, CIES and The German Marshall Fund of the US. He taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1984–1985) and at Emory University in Atlanta (2004– 2009), and read his poetry in English widely in the US. In 1987, he was a founding member of the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF). In 1990– 1994, he served as Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister József Antall. In 1992–1996 he was the Vice President of the Hungária Televízió Foundation, which created the Duna Television, a cultural satellite channel. In 2000–2005 he was an Adviser to President Ferenc Mádl. In 2012, he received Hungary’s Middle Cross with the Star and in 2005 the President’s Medal of Honour for his public and literary achievements. With the journal Magyar Szemle, he received a Prima Prize in 2003. In 2015, he was Prima Primissima Prize winner in literature. He is a member of the Hungarian Academy of the Arts. In 2016, he received the Janus Pannonius Prize for poetry translation, and in 2020 the prestigious Kossuth Prize.

Selected Poems

The Wind Has Entered My Room A szél jött be szobámba The wind has entered my room, and it talks to me.From the wind the answer comes into my labyrinth,the rustle of the leaves? The poet of old?To whom the wind talked once, and now he speaks To me, that


VOICES FLOAT FROM BOUGH TO BOUGH Hangok szállnak ágról ágra   In memory of Petrarch (1304–1374) In the dark depths of the dream, a man’s voice wakes me, full and clear. Light glistens somewhere in the heights, as if on the arches of an inner courtyard. The voice is telling a


The figure of Géza Páskándi will always remain for me the one I remember from Budapest in early 1974, shortly after his expatriation from Romania. Forty-one years old then, he could have been, in appearance, an artist from anywhere in Western Europe, in his black leather jacket and his black