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Poker is Tomaz Salamun's first book of poetry, originally published in 1966 in Slovenia. This edition, vibrantly translated by award-winning poet Joshua Beckman in collaboration with the author, makes Poker available in its entirety in English.

As a young poet Salamun edited Perspektive, a progressive cultural and political journal. Communist authorities eventually banned t
Paperback, 88 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Zephyr Press (first published 1966)
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Jan 18, 2009 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I don't like reviewing poetry. I don't know why I like some poetry and not other. I know that if I 'get it' and if I don't find what I 'get' to be trite or sounding like it comes from an angry fifteen year old's notebook then I am tempted to like it. Poker appealed to me because it's a pretty book, very nicely designed and the book is even nice to touch. I read part of it in the elevator brining it up from the basement at work and liked what I read, so I bought it. About half of the book I can f ...more
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"neprestano je razmišljao o smrti
kupovao nam sladoled
i svakog dana iznova otkrivao
šta je bilo između
magnolije Brandenburg i Amerika
prije dva dana umro je Eliot
moj učitelj"
Jul 01, 2008 jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: poems, in-translation
Simultaneously more straightforward and looser than much of his later work (seems reasonable for a first book by a 22-year old experimentalist), i enjoyed it quite a bit. I admit that reading his stuff of late has gone a long way toward loosening words from out my own head. Strange the disconnect (at least for me) between the work you think you should be writing and the work you need to be writing.
Paul Killebrew
May 17, 2008 Paul Killebrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this (especially the section called "Little Mushrooms") alongside Isaiah Berlin's concept of the ascetic, which he brings up in Two Concepts of Liberty and Roots of Romanticism--the person who, in order to escape the pain of want, teaches herself not to want. "The rule does not oppress me if I impose it on myself."
Ben G
Sep 14, 2015 Ben G rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
OK, never having read Salamun is a scholarly oversight on my part. I started with his first collection, and it's a bit like reading Hart Crane - you see the early days of modernism, but devoid of context (in this case, both time and country), it's easy to feel like you're not getting everything you should. Still, you feel the currents - the jab of repetition and the cross of aphorism.
Donald Armfield
Jun 21, 2014 Donald Armfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, translations
Wasn't planning on reading this in one sitting but couldn't put it down. The only thing I did not like was the repeating lines.

Weird and enjoyable!
Jeffrey Cyphers
Feb 26, 2009 Jeffrey Cyphers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astonishing... a level of freedom (hidden within ad hoc structures) that is exilhirating at times and confounding at others. Only from Eastern Europe!
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