Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Just want to say quickly that the book I’m most excited about right now is DO NOT AWAKEN THEM WITH HAMMERS by Lidija Dimkovska, just out from Ugly Duckling Presse. She’s a young poet from Macedonia. The translation conveys all the ironies of the poems—and there are lots of them. She’s hip, funny, pissed off. I’ll quote some lines in the next couple of days. But if you can get your hands on a copy of this book, do. I saw her read last night at KGB. It was wonderful. She speaks English with a very, very think Russian-type accent that gives the poems even more force. Before the reading, Steve Martin—the real Steve Martin—walked into the bar, looking for the theatre next door. It was awesome.

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