A Rusty Needle

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Anvil Press Poetry, 1996 - Poetry - 195 pages
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Ivan V Lalic is perhaps the finest poet in the Serbo-Croat language, and thanks to Francis R Jones's translations his work can be read as authentic poetry in English. A Rusty Needle' traces his development over nearly twenty years, from his first published poems to the end of the sixties. It gives an excellent overview of a remarkable poet', as Edwin Morgan writes in the PBS Bulletin.

He continues: Although he has many lyrical poems on themes of love and landscape, the most distinctive part of his work relates to the ebb and flow of historical conquest and change on the northern shores of the Mediterranean... He broods over darkly crucial events like the fall of Byzantium to the Turks, and delivers interesting questions about the ambiguities of memory.'

Ivan V Lalic (1931-96) studied law in Zagreb, where he first began to publish poetry, and worked for the publishers Nolit in Belgrade. He was also a distinguished critic and translator, especially of English poetry.

His other books in English with Anvil and Francis R Jones are Last Quarter' (1987), The Passionate Measure' (European Poetry Translation Prize, 1989) and A Rusty Needle' (Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation, 1996).

Francis R Jones (b. 1955) lectures in English as a foreign language at the University of Newcastle. His other translations include Hans Faverey's Against the Forgetting' (Anvil, 1995) and Vasko Popa's Collected Poems' (with the late Anne Pennington, Anvil, 1997).

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
13
A Rusty Needle
29
Wick
43
1804
56
TwentyFour Fragments
61
Bees
63
Star
64
Horse
65
Bird
81
Places We Love
82
Love in July
83
Winter Letter
84
Rain After Us
85
The Argonauts
89
Roman Quartet
95
Shores
101

Recognition
66
Man
67
South
68
Voices of the Dead I
69
Voices of the Dead III
70
Morning
71
Questions
72
Solemn Words
73
Rose Torch
74
IV
75
Four Psalms
77
Love
79
Wind
80
Algol
109
The Singer and the King
116
Kalemegdan
127
A Bitter Summers Fires Still Wheel
137
ToElpenor
143
Of the Builders
149
Argosy
155
Ahasuerus in Dubrovnik
161
De Administrando Imperio
167
Song of the Statue in the Earth
173
The Masons of Babel
175
INDEX OF TITLES
195
Copyright

About the author (1996)

Born in 1955, Francis R. Jones lectures in linguistics at the University of Newcastle in England. Born in 1931, Lalic studied law in Zagreb, where he first began to publish poetry. He died in 1996.

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