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Instead of Whom Does the Flower Bloom: The Poems of Vlado Kreslin
Vlado Kreslin and Urška Charney (Translator)
Guernica Editions, Fall 2012
80 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550716368
ISBN10: 1550716360
English
Translated from the Slovenian
$12.00 Canada, $12.00 US


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Kreslin's poetry is a beautiful aesthetic experience, evocative and subtle, particularly rich in natural imagery. There are clear themes that run like veins throughout it: the Mura River (which winds through Prekmurje), the ubiquitous storks of Prekmurje and other avian images, an appreciation for gypsy culture (particularly their musical traditions), trans-generational and trans-cultural inspiration, mist and stars. One might imagine the poems best read in the early morning hours, on the mist-spread banks of the Mura.
Under our sun this can't be done,/ It is not the way of things/ That a tree should blossom/ And grow strong into the sky.

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