Nine Alexandrias : New Poems

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  • Copyright: 2003-09-01
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Translated from the Bosnian with an introduction by Ammiel Alcalay Following his depiction of Bosnia under siege in the much celebrated Sarajevo Blues, Semezdin MehmedinovicA' now explores the vast space of his new continent. Mostly written in response to a cross-country journey by train in post 9-11 America, MehmedinovicA''s Nine Alexandrias provides a poetry of witness and testimony of a very different order. In this nightmarish and exhilarating odyssey, MehmedinovicA''s political acuity is displayed everywhere but barely pronounced. In Washington, D.C., his new home, the graphic and tactile affirmation of life amidst horror depicted so masterfully in Sarajevo Blues, turns into an eerie silence that permeates both the expanse of the land and the heart of the American empire. Praise for Semezdin MehmedinovicA''s Sarajevo Blues: "A memorable literary achievement."-Library Journal "Sarajevo Blues is widely considered here to be the best piece of writing to emerge from the besieged capital since Bosnia's war erupted in April 1992."-The Washington Post "In poems, micro-essays, and prose vignettes, Semezdin MehmedinovicA' charts the collapse of a world with clear-eyed passion for the truth that one finds in the young Hemingway, the Hemingway of In Our Time."-Paul Auster Semezdin MehmedinovicA' was born in Tuzla, Bosnia in 1960 and is the author of five books. MehmedinovicA' -arrived in the U.S. as a political refugee in 1996, and he is currently living in Alexandria, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Translator's Prefacep. xi
Nine Alexandrias
Nine Alexandriasp. 3
Sufismp. 4
Poundp. 5
Prison Crowdp. 6
East and Westp. 7
Functions of the Heartp. 8
JFKp. 9
Icebergp. 10
Reading Methodp. 11
Myth and Textp. 12
Sign of the Timesp. 13
Red Boulderp. 14
Arcosantip. 15
Flagp. 16
Moorish Fountainp. 17
After Spicerp. 18
Hotel Roomp. 19
Fountainp. 20
Journey Into the Cosmosp. 21
KGBp. 22
Open Dialoguep. 23
Mormon Archivep. 24
Mistp. 25
An Essay on Tattoosp. 26
Precautionary Manifestop. 27
New Artp. 28
A Question of Copyrightp. 29
For the Sorrow of a Continentp. 30
Out of the Rainy Zonep. 31
A Door Upright in the Windp. 32
This Door is Not an Exit
I'll describe myself, my life and that meansp. 35
It's already five years I've been trackingp. 36
In one of those parking lots in McLeanp. 37
In the garden of a restaurant a reddish coloredp. 38
Desolate February morning, I stumblep. 39
I stop brooding as soon as Ip. 40
I never had a house of my ownp. 41
We had to stop and turn backp. 42
Ramona and I fold sheetsp. 43
This town's political, and we're nowhere to be foundp. 44
I'll never forget the womanp. 45
An expert on bird-callsp. 46
I only saw the little African chimpp. 47
Yes, I used to hang out with somep. 48
While I'm reading my stuff about the warp. 49
I don't bear the sorrow of a people within mep. 50
I always answer differently when it comes to the questionp. 51
At the fish market on the Potomac I think of myp. 52
The sun went down rightp. 54
8 Things about Cadillac
In dreams the colors are more intensep. 57
First Cadillac was eternalp. 57
"Cadillac grows in ice," Burroughs saysp. 58
It's no accident tears reveal the very naturep. 58
In a world created as a result of thep. 59
I never saw Cadillac in a war zonep. 59
The novelist writes a poem on Cadillacp. 60
Looking from east to west, thep. 60
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