Homage to the Lame Wolf: Selected Poems

Homage to the Lame Wolf: Selected Poems

Homage to the Lame Wolf: Selected Poems

Homage to the Lame Wolf: Selected Poems

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This is the epoch of mythographers. The century of Kafka, Borges, Michaux, the Surrealists, and so many others of that persuasion. There’s nothing like it since the Ancients. Even Pound is of that company. And so is Vasko Popa. He is the latest of the great originals.

What they all have in common, incidentally, is a sense of humor. I’d say — no myth without a funny bone. The comic and mythic strategies are similar, if not identical. The trick is to be literalminded in the world of multiple metaphors, and fabulous in the face of the literal. The aim is to present the known in terms of the unknown and recover its mythical potential. Popa knows all about that.

What sets him apart is what I can only call his “classicism.” One might be reading Euclid on the triangle here. He is so deadpan. The usual drama of the Self is completely absent. The archetypal forms that emerge are employed for cognitive ends. Popa meditates on myth. He talks to it, and it talks back.

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