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A Wake for the Living: Poems

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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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Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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'. ...more
Brian Wilkins
Nov 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Fantastic--the translation is like a draped transparency.
Jennifer Stoy
These are extremely witty and extremely horny and rather a delight to read. Lazic covers the lifecycle of a year, being a love 'em and leave 'em type of gal, the contradictions of being a poet, the agony and delight of being a middle-aged woman who doesn't take men too seriously and so on.

Two favorite bits from the collection:

“I’m nobody’s and I have nobody of my own.” - Summer Song

“Everything yearns for everything else.
Things you remember,
Things you forget.
Somewhere and everywhere. And right
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
probably very charming in the original serbian
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Mills College Library
891.8216 L4318w 2003
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thanks denny! she is badass!
Oct 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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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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