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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 23 | volume IV | October-November, 2001



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 23October-November, 2001

The Return of the Defeated

Translated by: Zoran Ančevski

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Srbo Ivanovski

That Man in the Mirror
The Roses on Aksya's Fingers
My Father Ulysses
The Return of the Defeated
An Encounter with а Snake
The Departure of the Eels
Near to Death Near to Life


The Roses on Aksya's Fingers

When we picked blackberries one September,
Behind the Bregalnitsa, on the Balvan meadows,
The younger daughter of the Cossack migrant
Ran to us with her hands bleeding. “Look, look, roses
Are blossoming on my fingers!” shouted Aksya in Russian,
Posmotrite! Posmotrite!
And no one knew
Which of the roses were thorn bites
And which kisses of the innocent fruit.

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