A Ballad for Metka Krasovec by Tomaz Salamun

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Tomaz Salamun is perhaps the most popular and prolific poet in Central Europe today. Thanks to the translation of his work he has also been widely acclaimed abroad. To date has had four collections of selected poetry published in English. A Ballad for Metka Krasovec, originally published in the early 1980s at the mid-point of Salamun¹s career, is considered by the author to be one of his finest. The volume is characterized by often striking imagery and a sexual tension that is pervasive. As this is the first complete single volume of Salamun¹s to appear in English translation, it offers readers a unique opportunity to glimpse the author at a particular stage in his life and creative development. The collection has an inner coherence often not found in his collections of selected poems. The poems range from the incantatory, to reflections on his lovers, family, and country, to narrative-style recollections of his stays in Mexico and the United States.

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Tomaz Salamun was born in 1941 in Zagreb, Croatia, and raised in Koper, Slovenia. He has published thirty collections of poetry in his home country and has received many prizes and fellowships at home and in the U.S., including a Fulbright and Pushcart Prize. As a young poet Salamun edited Perspektive, a progressive cultural and political journal. Communist authorities eventually banned the journal's publication, and arrested Salamun. His first two books, POKER (1966) and The Purpose of the Cloak (1968), were released in samizdat. Salamun has won the praise of many poets, including James Tate, Robert Creeley, Robert Hass, who celebrates his "love of the poetics of rebellion," and Jorie Graham, who calls his work "one of Europe's great philosophical wonders. Biggins is Slavic and East European librarian at the University of Washington Libraries, Seattle
Published April 2, 2001 by Twisted Spoon Press. 156 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Aside from being wonderful poetry—the translations by University of Washington Slavic and East European studies librarian Michael Biggins have tremendous energy and ease—the book gives immediate and fascinating insight (and hindsight) into the paradoxes of the cold war writer's life in the East: ...

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