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Lidija Dimkovska! At the Paris Review Daily!

By Harriet Staff

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For the Paris Review Daily’s recent Windows on the World series, they’ve tapped Slovene poet Lidija Dimkovska (her UDP book Do Not Awaken Them With Hammers is a must-read) to give us her vision of things. An excerpt:

…On a typewriter then, on a laptop now, but preferably in a small notebook with lines.

I look outside often; the pictures have become very familiar. Two brothers used to live in the building with their families and their old mother, a small, tiny woman in black who always was screaming at her grandchildren, often beating them or running after them. They also were screaming, and that noise was present in the air until the parents would come home from work. Later, I found out that they moved the grandma from the first floor to the cellar, where she died. One of her daughter-in-laws was Serbian; once, the Serbian woman sent me and my friends to the shop to buy her a special orange juice, Fructal. She opened it, and for the first time in my life I tried this juice that my family could not afford.

The roof of the building was always in my view. In the mornings a stork would come to the chimney on the roof and look through my window. We looked each other in the eyes, and we understood each other.

A small one for your Monday cap; but think of it as an opening to Dimkovksa’s work, which is wonderful….

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Posted in Poetry News on Monday, September 9th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.