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The Golden Apple: A Round of Stories, Songs, Spells, Proverbs and Riddles
By Vasko Popa
Translated by Andrew Harvey, Anne Pennington
Anvil 2010, 104pp. paperback, ISBN 9780856464195Series 3 No.15 - Poetry and the State
Review by Sophie Mayer
Also a review of:
Arcana & Other Poems.
translated by Michael Smith and Luis Ingelmo.
Bilingual edition.124pp paperback, £9.95, ISBN 978184610569
Both Vasko Popa’s anthology of Serbo-Croatian folk literature and Verónica Volkow’s poems, collected from volumes published over fifteen years in her native Mexico, re...» Read review in full» More reviews in this issue
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By María do Cebreiro
Translated by Helena Miguélez-Carballeira
Shearsman Books Paperback, 80pp, ISBN 9781848611115
This Galician poet immerses the reader in a journey of self across entwined emotional and physical landscapes. So I couldn't help but think of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage I walked a couple of years ago to her hometown. Her subconscious strides across a rich landscape of human relationships, love, identity, belonging, freedom, sometimes turning the expected upside down in one sweep using bold declarations like: We are doomed to be free. In the title poem she says: I want no other origin /than this bridge / for as long as it holds us / and when if falls down / let us be noble and walk away... She grounds the reader in place, but also unearths us and our assumptions. Like the pilgrimage, for me anyway, raw emotion comes to the surface and the only option is live in the now and experience what we have as honestly as we can.
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