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Homage to the Lame Wolf
Selected Poems
Vasko Popa; Charles Simic, trans.; Charles Simic, intro.



FIELD Translation Series

Oberlin
1987 • 168 pp. 5 x 7 1/2"
Poetry - European

$14.95 Paperback, 978-0-932440-22-8


Trans. from the Serbian

Our first version of this selection from one of Eastern Europe's major figures sold out. The new version adds two sequences--"Give Me Back My Rage" and "Heaven's Ring"--as well as some previously unpublished sections of the justly famous series, "The Little Box." Simic and Popa are a perfect match. A book for surrealists, mythographers, postmodernists, scientists, and lovers of poetry and games. Winner of the PEN Translation Prize.

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From the Book:

Hide-And-Seek

Someone hides from someone else
Hides under his tongue
The other looks for him under the earth

He hides on his forehead
The other looks for him in the sky

He hides inside his forgetfulness
The other looks for him in the grass

Looks for him looks
There’s no place he doesn’t look
And looking he loses himself



CHARLES SIMIC, by virtue of his Yugoslav background and his position as a celebrated contemporary American poet, is ideally situated to be translator for Popa. His years of work on Popa have brought his versions to a pitch of perfection rarely achieved in the translation of poetry. Simic’s own most recent collections are Selected Poems and Unending Blues.



Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:22:21 -0500