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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 93 | volume XVI | November-December, 2013



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Blesok no. 93November-December, 2013
Poetry

And other salutary walks

Translated from Serbian by Novica Petrović


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Dejan Matić

Learning Grammar
The Third Square
To Himself
A Special Condition
A Romantic Statement
Young Russian Girls
Mistake
Breaking the Habit
Cruising
Once Upon a Time in Belgrade

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Learning Grammar

Learning the grammar of Old Greek,
my body numb, its position irregular;
distant from the sleepy inhabitants of the city,
perfectly foreign to both old Greeks and myself,
in these wee hours I imagine reading Homer
in the original.

Words that I don’t entirely understand, forms
that I don’t recognise, take a deep breath:
twisting their tongue like a kiss on the mouth.
But that foreign, long awaited sound
captivates:
like passions we come forward to meet;
it comes like a beginning and an end,
A and Ω.

And when Odysseus, this time for good, leaves
Ithaca and sails towards world’s shores,
I get up from the table, lie on the bed:
on the tranquil surface of the sea.






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