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Kurt Brown on Novica Tadic’s Dark Things

While everyone laments the decline of print review outlets (us included... especially newspapers!) Gently Read Literature has stepped up to the plate and delivered a monthly feast of in-depth reviews of poetry and fiction. I emphasize "in-depth" because these are no one paragraph blurb reviews. GRL consistently delivers thoughtful analysis and reviews carrying the weight their subjects (the books) demand. In their current issue, poet and critic Kurt Brown reviews Dark Things (BOA, 2009) poems by Novica Tadic, translated from the Serbian with an Introduction by Charles Simic.    Here's a little taste of how Brown views Tadic's poetry: "Tadic’s poems arise from a child-like pleasure in the grotesque, they seem to come to us out of the Dark Ages long before any renaissance or enlightenment has occurred. Superstition and paranoia reign. Yet, for all that, the poems seem to point toward the future as well, an apocalyptic landscape in which the faces of hyenas are young, and only the bones of humanity remain." Read the full review (and Gently Read Literature's other November offerings) here:

[Kurt Brown Reviews Dark Things]

[caption id="attachment_1106" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Charles Simic (BOA translator) and Novica Tadic (BOA poet)"]Charles Simic (BOA translator) and Novica Tadic (BOA poet)[/caption]


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