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A Wake for the Living: Poems

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Simic introduces and translates the poems of Serbian feminist, activist, and writer Radmila Lazic

Dead-born will be your wishes.
Your every hope will be a widow.
And as for love, there won't be enough
To spread on a slice of bread.
--from "Twilight Metaphysics"

Translated and introduced with the surrealist wit that is Charles Simic's signature, A Wa
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Graywolf Press
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Radmila Lazic writes fearlessly on intimacy, sex and loneliness in this collection translated by fellow Serbian, Charles Simic who in the introduction states: 'she knows the difference between empty rhetoric and words that make one heart move closer to another'.
Brian Wilkins

Fantastic--the translation is like a draped transparency.
I've read three poems in this book so far, and I'm already in love with this writer.

Also, bilingual anthologies: how many times do I have to say I love them? Publishers, take note!

And after finishing: why not a five? Maybe to allow for rereading, maybe because I'm not at the point where I can assess the translations. But this is one of the rare books I will go out of my way to acquire. So spot-on at so many moments. Love.
Oct 14, 2007 Jenn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All poets
Shelves: poetry
I'm giving a panel presentation on Radmila Lazic and this book in January. She is a tough chick and reading (and re-reading) this book has done so much for me as a woman writer.
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thanks denny! she is badass!
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Radmila Lazić rođena je 26. decembra 1949. godine u Kruševcu.
Do svoje jedanaeste godine živela je u različitim mestima širom Srbije, a od 1960. u Beogradu.
Jedna je od najpoznatijih srpskih pesnikinja. Spada u red onih pesnikinja savremene
srpske poezije, koje se ne plaše da se pobune i kažu šta misle. Osnovala je i uređivala časopis ProFemina. Uređivala je biblioteku Femina u izdavačkom preduzeću P
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Zvezde su lepe, ali nemam kad da ih gledam. Antologija  srpske urbane poezije Doroti Parker bluz Iz anamneze Zimogroznica Podela uloga

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