Negative Space (Paperback)

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By Luljeta Lleshanaku, Ani Gjika (Translator)
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*Shortlist for the Griffin International Poetry Prize*

"Language arrived fragmentary / split in syllables / spasmodic / like code in times of war," writes Luljeta Lleshanaku in the title poem to her powerful new collection Negative Space. In these lines, personal biography disperses into the history of an entire generation that grew up under the oppressive dictatorship of the poet's native Albania. For Lleshanaku, the "unsaid, gestures" make up the negative space that "gives form to the woods / and to the mad woman--the silhouette of goddess Athena / wearing a pair of flip-flops / and an owl on top of a shoulder." It is the negative space "that sketched my onomatopoeic profile / of body and shadow in an accidental encounter." Lleshanaku instills ordinary objects and places--gloves, used books, acupuncture needles, small-town train stations--with subtle humor and profound insight, as a child discovering a world in a grain of sand.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811227520
ISBN-10: 0811227529
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: April 24th, 2018
Pages: 112
Language: English