January 24, 2011

Tomaž Šalamun


Anyone who falls into
an arabic night should know that
laws there are ruthless and
brutal at first one hears tingle
tangle from the high stone
walls someone drops a rope
with a basket leave the dates
alone! don’t eat them that’s
how they stop drovers if the rope
is strong enough allow yourself to be
pulled up
for three days I was smiling and
bowing and was just about to eat
the rugs when god
caught me

tr. from the Slovenian by Sonja Kravanja

from Rattle #33, Summer 2010


Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun (1941–2014) was one of Europe’s most prominent poets of his generation and was a leader of the Eastern European avant-garde. (link)

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