Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. 2019 Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Poetry. Brane Mozetič's new book draws on his experiences as a gay man before and during the collapse of Yugoslavia and the creation of modern Slovenia. The liberation of the GLBT community and Slovenia parallel each other in this intense poetic record of, and meditation on, some of the major political and personal transformations that mark our time.
"Sometimes I just want to squeeze the planet in my hands and see what squirts between my fingers. I read Brane Mozetič's poems which are tiny novels, so frail and strong and needy and stoic. They end like tiny movies with the one more thing that stops the trail, there's a chaos to his poems and a specificity like the exact details of our time and we only know it through rough gorgeous lines like these."—Eileen Myles
"Addressing the turbulence of both collective history and the life of the individual, Brane Mozetič has wrought an aptly rough-edged poetry that achieves its best effects by grating on raw nerves. He doesn't hold back: each poem is like a stuffed sack, spilling its contents in the reader's path. Though they hurt the senses, we pick our way through them to a kind of understanding. This is powerful, intense writing."—Gregory Woods
Born in Ljubljana, Brane Mozetič (b. 1958) is a poet, prose writer, an editor and translator from French (Rimbaud, Genet, Foucault, Guibert, Dustan, Duvert etc.). He has published eleven colections of poems and three fiction books. His books have been translated into several languages, including, in English, three books of poetry, UNFINISHED SKETCHES OF A REVOLUTION (Talisman House, Publishers, 2018), BUTTERFLIES (Meeting Eyes Bindery, 2004) and BANALITIES (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2008), a volume of short stories, PASSION (Talisman House, Publishers, 2005), and a novel, LOST STORY (Talisman House, Publishers, 2011).
Author City: SLV
The translator Barbara Jurša received a B.A. in English Language and Comparative Literature and a PhD in Literary Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She works as a teacher and a translator, and has published one collection of poetry.
Author City: Ljubljana SLV