Four Questions of Melancholy: New and Selected Poems
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Four Questions of Melancholy: New and Selected Poems

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A large and important collection by one of Eastern Europe's major contemporary poets.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by White Pine Press
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I agree with Jack that there are some great poems in here, especially the first one. Sometimes he drifts into a sort of hazy, syrupy surrealism for me though. When his language is tight, he's terrific.
Good introduction to Salamun. Wide-ranging enough to capture bits and pieces of everything he does--the pithy, humanist, kind poems are a good counterbalance to the post-logic stuff, so it's never too overwhelmingly strange. Once you get your feet wet, you can go into the whole books, and then you are up to your neck in weird poeming. Which is a wonderful place to be.
my favorite european poet. he is so surprising and uses little turns of phrase that will just blow your mind. he also talks about himself in the third person in his poems a lot, which you might think is gimmicky, but i can never get enough of.
The international O'Hara.
Jun 20, 2007 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people
Shelves: good-poetry
Salamun is a master of the logical upturn, downturn, sideways life, etc. He's confessional without being terrible. Dramatic without calling a scene. Etc. Good stuff.
this book has brought me to poetry in a different way than other Polish poets have. there is an edge to it that defies the melancholy of its title. must read.
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One of the best poets around. I highly recommend this poetry - it will set you to wondering. To re-read as with all fine poetry.
John Hyland
David Hadbawnik generously handed this to me under the blue skies of Rust Belt Books . . . & I'm happy he did . . .
Kim Lohse
Masterful. Quiet, passionate and intelligent. Slowly savor his poems.
C. Carrier
What I learned from this book is everything.
Again, thank you Dr. Carney.
Can't go wrong with Šalamun.
May 08, 2009 Paul rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Joe!
Shelves: 2009
I love this guy.
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Tomaž Šalamun is a Slovenian poet, who has had books translated into most of the European languages. He lives in Ljubljana and occasionally teaches in the USA. His recent books in English are The Book for My Brother, Row, and Woods and Chalices.
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