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The Horse Has Six Legs: An Anthology of Serbian Poetry

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When The Horse Has Six Legs was first published in 1992, as war and hatred tore through the Balkans, this anthology of Serbian poetry became a landmark for some of the most compelling poetry in the contemporary world. “The ironies, in 1993, of giving an
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Graywolf Press (first published July 1st 1992)
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Robert Beveridge
Charles Simic, ed., The Horse Has Six Legs: An Anthology of Serbian Poetry (Graywolf, 1992)

This is one of the better anthologies of verse I've come across in quite a while. Simic, a native Serbian himself, has an obvious love for his subject and, one would assume, a greater knowledge of history and cultural context than a translator going in fresh with this material. As any translator worth his salt will tell you, these qualities are the difference between a translation with falls flat and one w
I have a little broom closet in my heart for Eastern European poetry that’s lit by a bare bulb, and the Serbians occupy the top shelf. This anthology is highly recommended: the poems are often dark, and more image- than language-driven, full of icons and other religious references, animal totems, candles for the deceased, graveyards, dead leaves. It’s vivid poetry, and surrealistic. There’s humor, too, but it’s not light-hearted.

The two luminaries here are Vasko Popa and Novica Tadic. Charles Si
This collection of poems from the Serbian, all translated by Charles Simic, provides a great introduction to the poetry of Serbia since, roughly, modernism to the present. Simic also provides several classical, anonymous lyrics that frame the beginnings of Serbian poetry quite nicely. If there is one thing that can be said across the board about these poets, and perhaps it is truly a comment on Simic as translator, but even in the divergence of styles throughout this anthology, a grim optimism c ...more
A fantastic anthology, with a sweeping scope. Would have been five stars but for the smattering of typos, egregious enough when they occurred to take me out of the reading, which was unfortunate. But as far as having an idea of what Serbian poetry has done over the hundred years or so, it seems to me that this is a hugely worthwhile read.
I would love this. Pshw. I /would./
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Charles Simic (born Dušan Simić) is a Serbian-American poet and the 15th Poet Laureate of the United States. He is co-Poetry Editor of the Paris Review. Simic is the 2007 recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. This $100,000 (US) prize recognizes outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.
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