Barren Harvest

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Pub Date: 01/01/2004

Pages: 96

Publisher: White Pine Press

Imprint: White Pine Press

ISBN 13: 9781893996670

ISBN 10: 1893996670

Price: $14.00 / $18.99 CAN

Category: POETRY / European / General

Barren Harvest

By Dane Zajc, Ales Debeljak, Erica Johnson-Debeljak

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About the Book

Zajc, born in 1929, is one of Central Europe’s most important poets and a founding father of post-World War II modernism. This is the first comprehensive volume of his work to appear in English and presents the entire creative arch of Zajc’s vision from early poems to his mature work. Having been incarcerated in communist jails, Zajc’s political resistance to the dictatorial regime gives his work an urgency that propels the reader into a vertigo of sinister and evil. His poems speak of the profound solitude that is the destiny of contemporary man, using the vocabulary of the natural world and of bodily sensations to illuminate both the mortal and lethal aspects of the human condition.

About the Book

Disturbing, incantory, and powerful work by this great Slovenian poet.


Aleš Debeljak has published eight books of poetry and twelve books of essays in Slovenian. His books have appeared in English, Japanese, German, Croatian, Serbian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Spanish, Slovak, Finnish, Lithuanian, and Italian translation. Without Anesthesia: New and Selected Poems appeared from Persea Books in 2010. He has won the Preseren Foundation Prize, the Miriam Lindberg Israel Poetry for Peace Prize, the Chiqyu Poetry Prize in Japan, and the Jenko Prize. Debeljak teaches in the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.

Brian Henry is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Brother No One (Salt Publishing, 2013). His translation of Tomaž Šalamun’s Woods and Chalices appeared from Harcourt in 2008, and his translation of Aleš Šteger’s The Book of Things appeared from BOA Editions in 2010 and won the 2011 Best Translated Book Award. He has received numerous awards for his poetry and translations, including fellowships from the NEA, the Howard Foundation, and the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives in Richmond, VA.