A Ballad for Metka Krasovec

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Tomaz Salamun is perhaps the most popular and prolific poet in Central Europe today. Thanks to the translation of his work he has also been widely acclaimed abroad. To date has had four collections of selected poetry published in English. A Ballad for Metka Krasovec, originally published in the early 1980s at the mid-point of Salamun¹s career, is considered by the author to be one of his finest. The volume is characterized by often striking imagery and a sexual tension that is pervasive. As this is the first complete single volume of Salamun¹s to appear in English translation, it offers readers a unique opportunity to glimpse the author at a particular stage in his life and creative development. The collection has an inner coherence often not found in his collections of selected poems. The poems range from the incantatory, to reflections on his lovers, family, and country, to narrative-style recollections of his stays in Mexico and the United States.

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Tomaz Salamun was born in 1941 in Zagreb, Croatia and raised in Koper, Slovenia. He has a degree in Art History from the University of Ljubljana, and before devoting himself to poetry he worked as a conceptual artist. He has published thirty collections of poetry in his home country and is recognized as one of the leading poets in Central Europe. His honors include the Preseren Fund Prize, the Jenko Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a visiting Fulbright to Columbia University, and a fellowship to the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He has also served as Cultural Attaché to the Slovenian Embassy in New York. He is married to the painter Metka Krasovec.

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Suffering joins fear and disgust.
I see enormous snowballs.
I SEE ENORMOUS SNOWBALLS.
People think they contain the hidden horror of the world.
But I know.
They're the finished work of slaves, waiting for me.
I can build the little guy half asleep.
When I take a red root from a bin and stick it in the smallest ball
I'm more relaxed than a king who's planted a tree.
The photos of my gestures go to the center.
Immortality is always nihilistic.

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