Four Questions of Melancholy: New and Selected Poems
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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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.
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.More about Tomaž Šalamun...