A Wake for the Living Poems


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Translated and introduced with the surrealist wit that is Charles Simic's signature, A Wake for the Living offers American readers, for the first time in English, the brash and breezy brilliance of Serbian poet Radmila Lazic. Through her compelling if strange leaps and dodges, Lazic's verse describes an identity, both personal and political, informed by catastrophe and victimization. Yet she can also restlessly and imaginatively swerve into irreverence, absurdity, comedy, or play. "Goodness is boring," she writes, "It seems it's hell I'm getting myself ready for."

These poems, presented in a bilingual edition with Serbian and English on facing pages, careen from Lazic's lament for beauty faded to a "Dorothy Parker Blues," from searching for names among obituaries to sexual desires free of guilt or obligation. A Wake for the Living displays a virtuosity that has established its author as one of Eastern Europe's best and most vivacious contemporary poets.

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Radmila Lazic is a noted Serbian poet, editor, and activist. This is the first English translation of her work.

Charles Simic won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for his poetry collection The World Doesn't End. He teaches writing at the University of New Hampshire.

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  • Radmila Lazic, born in 1949, is widely considered one of the finest living Serbian poets. She is the author of six collections of poetry and has received several literary prizes. She has also published numerous essays on literature and edited an anthology of women’s poetry and another of anti-war letters. Lazic is the founder and editor of the journal Profemina.

    Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He has published over 15 collections of his own poetry, several books of essays, a memoir, and numerous books of translations. Among the many literary awards he has received are the PEN Translation Award and the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Simic teaches American literature and creative writing at the University of New Hampshire.
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