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Nothing is Lost : Selected Poems - Edvard Kocbek

Nothing is Lost

Selected Poems

By: Edvard Kocbek, Michael Scammell (Translator), Veno Taufer (Translator), Charles Simic (Foreword by)

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This is the first comprehensive English-language collection of verse by the most celebrated Slovenian poet of modern times and one of Europe's most notable postwar poets, Edvard Kocbek (1904-1981).

The selections introduce the reader to the full spectrum of Kocbek's long and distinguished career, starting with the pantheist and expressionist nature poems of his early period and continuing through the politically engaged poetry written during and after World War II, to the philosophical and metaphysical meditations of his fecund late period.

Readers will be struck by the originality and freshness of Kocbek's sinewy and intense vision, rendered into fluid and idiomatic English by two experienced translators. The Slovenian texts appear on the facing pages.

"The opening stanza of "Moon with a Halo""

"The man beside me was killed.
He had a mother who bore him
and a father who made him toys,
he had a brother and a playful uncle
and a little girl with blond braids,
he had a wooden cart and a wooden horse,
a trunkful of colored dreams
and a brook where he used to fish."

"Edvard Kocbek is a major Slovenian poet. For the past few months, I've been carrying around and traveling with Nothing Is Lost, his selected poems eloquently translated by Michael Scammell and Veno Tauffer. This marvelous body of work spans more than 40 years and confirms that Kocbek belongs in the company of other notable East European poets... Reading [his poems] now, one feels that his pastoral sensibility and vital intimacy with nature, which at times feels mystical, were always infused with a painful sense of time, an agonized feeling of cosmic sorrow."--Edward Hirsch, Washington Post Book World

Foreword by Charles Simicp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
From Earthp. 13
Silent birds perch on my shouldersp. 15
The sun is wreathed in cobwebsp. 17
A pair of strong young oxen goes slowlyp. 19
The women are coming from workp. 21
The heavy bole presses the last basket of grapesp. 23
O noise of waters, collapse of the universep. 25
Loud greetings to you, my living comradesp. 27
Drunk with change I lie on the groundp. 29
Earth, I get everything from youp. 31
From Dreadp. 33
Rainp. 35
Handsp. 37
Moonlightp. 39
Moon with a Halop. 41
Crucifix in a Fieldp. 43
The Gamep. 45
After the Meetingp. 47
Unknown Womanp. 49
The Bayp. 51
Night Ritualp. 53
Midnight Windp. 55
Dialecticsp. 57
Black Seap. 59
The Stickp. 61
Gracep. 63
Landscapep. 65
Migrationp. 67
Thingsp. 69
Summonsp. 71
Presentimentp. 73
Prayerp. 75
From Pentagramp. 77
On Night Watchp. 79
Doubledp. 81
How Shall I Be?p. 83
Pentagramp. 85
The Cavep. 87
Image in Old Barkp. 89
Night Doffs Its Weaponsp. 91
From Reportp. 93
Parrotsp. 95
Contrabandp. 97
Exercisep. 99
Girl's Apronp. 101
Climaxp. 103
Dittyp. 105
Nowp. 107
Ponticp. 109
The Game Is Overp. 111
Play Backwardsp. 113
Longing for Jailp. 115
My Partisan Namep. 117
Lippizanersp. 119
From Embersp. 125
Treep. 127
What Happens to the Mountainp. 129
Unknown Belovedp. 131
The Time of the Poemp. 133
Blessed Searchp. 135
From Bride in Blackp. 137
Amokp. 139
What We Were Looking Forp. 141
The Statuep. 143
Tonguep. 145
Pleap. 147
Stammer, Childrenp. 149
Girlp. 151
On Freedom of Mindp. 153
Ancient Miraclep. 155
The Generosity of the Poemp. 157
Now We Are Alonep. 159
Gamep. 161
I haven't done playing with wordsp. 163
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ISBN: 9780691118406
ISBN-10: 069111840X
Series: Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 5th April 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.26