Today's poem is "My Accent"
from New and Selected Sorrows

Smokestack Books

Goran Simić was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1952. A major literary figure in the former Yugoslavia, during the Bosnian War he was caught in the siege of Sarajevo. After the war he moved under the auspices of PEN to Canada, where he taught at the University of Toronto and was writer-in-exile at the Banff Centre for the Arts. His poetry has been compared to that of Tsvetaeva, Brodsky and Herbert. Goran Simić's books have been published in a dozen languages. He has published twenty books of poetry, two collections of stories, ten puppet plays and three opera-libretti. He currently lives in Sarajevo.

Books by Goran Simić:

Other poems on the web by Goran Simić:
Three poems
Seven poems
Five poems
"When You Get There"
Two poems
"Helen Agonistes"

Goran Simić's Blog.

*Goran Simić's Website.

*Goran_Simić_(poet) According to Wikipedia.

Goran Simić on Twitter.

About New and Selected Sorrows:

"Soberingly frank but continually fascinating account of life and love among the ruins of civilian privacy, where hitherto-innocent objects — a diary, a shoe box, a radio — seem almost to satirize their owners."
—Sean O'Brien

"The brilliance of these poems lies in their detail, their lack of rhetoric, and their passion."
—Helen Dunmore

"Goran Simic has written with tact and restraint in daunting and provocative conditions. The fact that his terrifying testimony seems more whispered than screamed is part of its power."
—Dennis O'Driscoll

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