When Sprinting from the Graveyard was published in 1997, Goran Simic’s poems were severely altered out of the fear that they might offend “Western sensibilities.” These newly translated poems restore all that is offensive, despairing and necessary to our understanding of war by capturing the poems’ original power and humanity. In addition, this collection contains both previously unpublished poems, written “under the candlelight” of the siege, and new poems returning to the sniper’s alleys and bunkers of Sarajevo. From Sarajevo, With Sorrow is a disturbingly resonant, timely and important collection.
“The poetry in From Sarajevo, With Sorrow is at turns anecdotal, hectoring, and coolly visionary. It’s all written in the first person, sometimes in Simic’s own voice and sometimes as dramatic monologue, but there’s nothing introverted about it. Its voice is one of witness rather than confession.”—Good Reports
“Besides the cold bare facts of war, Simic’s poems…are full of the hallucinatory facts of paranoid nightmares bred by war.”—Zach Wells