Do Not Awaken Them With Hammers
Author: Lidija Dimkovska
Translators: Ljubica Arsovska and Peggy Reid
Publisher: Ugly Duckling Presse (2014)
Do Not Awaken Them With Hammers is the first translation into English of one of Macedonia’s most important young writers, the author of several books of poetry and an award-winning debut novel. Printed in a facing-page bilingual edition, this collection of poems brings Dimkovska’s fiery page-performances into view for the English-speaking audience.
"The rock of translation is broken into stones, lined up and moved around to form a solid multitextured dwelling that Lidija Dimkovska then smashes apart with the authority of pure existentialist 21st century hard-earned riotous despair. Long live the stone-throwers! They make poetry much greater than the sum of its parts."