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Klaonica: Poems for Bosnia

Smith, Ken; Benson, Judy (eds.)

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ISBN 10: 1852242833 / ISBN 13: 9781852242831
Published by Bloodaxe Books, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., 1993
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Title: Klaonica: Poems for Bosnia

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Book Type: Used

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This international anthology has been assembled in a matter of days as an immediate if inadequate response to the suffering in Bosnia. What else is there to say about Bosnia? What more can anyone do?
Klaonica is the poets' attempt to do or say something. It includes poems by many leading writers, some already published in The Independent's series Bosnia Poems. The poems are baffled, helpless, heartfelt, heartbreaking, angry, tender, grieving. Useless too: except that readers should find some comfort, some hope, in this book. And the book is published to raise funds for Bosnian relief.
Klaonica is the Serbo-Croat word for slaughterhouse, abattoir, butchery, shambles, and describes conditions in that doomed country after over a year of vicious warfare that includes massacre, rape, pillage, ethnic cleansing, concentration camps, the destruction of towns and villages, churches and mosques, and ultimately of a state and a whole society. Whatever the rights and wrongs of this conflict - and there are more wrongs than rights to it - it amounts to genocide, in Europe, here at the end of the twentieth century. The Bosnians are starving. They have planted no crops, they have used up all their stores and savings, they have no fat left, and winter is coming. Over and above the depredations of a three-sided war, they need food and medicines. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be given to Feed the Children and other organisations seeking to alleviate the suffering in Bosnia.

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"Klaonica" is the Serbo-Croat word for slaughterhouse--what Bosnia has become. In this anthology, poems by writers from Sarajevo and around the world take form as laments, elegies and dirges. Czeslaw Milosz, Joseph Brodsky and Ted Hughes are included, but it is the work of lesser-known poets that stands out. Describing the bombing of his city, Sarajevo poet Marko Vesovic writes, "All night long the angels with pipes fell out of the sky / the awls dipped into poison pierced our ear-drums." In "Concentration Camp" Miljenko Jergovic avers, "In special moments you suddenly feel one should not have talked of socrates / One should have talked of pigs." Poems written in support of war victims can also startle and astound. Welsh poet R.S. Thomas asks, "What is it to be punished / for something you have not / done? We know it. / . . . We were born to learn / we are invisible." American writer Christopher Middleton observes, "The blackbird once believed / He cranked the sun up with his song / . . . Now the warlords crank and crank / Only graves come up." And in a simple yet chilling untitled poem, London writer Ian Breakwell limns the chaotic modern world's means and methods of assimilating tragedy--and doing nothing about it. His rhythm is that of a radio deejay who in a single riff signals summer weather, a Bosnian girl fighting for her life in a British hospital, the scum found at the bottom of teacups, and the music of Billy Joel. Photos.
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