There's The Hand and There's the Arid Chair
Author: Tomaž Šalamun
Translators: Thomas Kane, Peter Richards, Phillis Levin, Joshua Beckman, Ana Jelnikar, Christopher Merrill, Matthew Rohrer, Brian Henry, and Anselm Hollo
Publisher: Counterpath Press (2009)
Poems born in "a time of abrupt needs," this collection catalogs those individual and imperative fancies that, in the cosmos of Tomaž Šalamun, eternity aims to replace: a genealogy of dressmakers and songbirds. A biography that locates the poetic "I" as, at once, a primordial being and a tamer of beasts, a monster and a guardian angel. With uncanny and sometimes harrowing grace, Šalamun plumbs every reach of the imagination in search of a space where we can delight in and mourn the disintegration of the body.