Magazine article World Literature Today

Visoki Fabricki Dimnjaci

Magazine article World Literature Today

Visoki Fabricki Dimnjaci

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Danica Vukicevic. Visoki fabricki dimnjaci. Kraljevo, Serbia. Narodna Biblioteka Stefan Provovencani. 2013. isbn 9788681355374

Danica Vukicevic, a Serbian poet from Belgrade, offers us feminist social criticism in an often-fragmented free-verse form in Visoki fabricki dimnjaci (High smokestacks), her short sixth collection of poems.

Her line lengths vary as do stanzas and lengths of parts-there is no uniformity here. Usually a poem is presented in one stanza with lines that vary from one to eleven words. Sometimes she is playful with words or makes up words, as in an untitled poem that begins "Let the dead continue to deaden," or when she combines three words in one as "coldbrightshiny" to describe the world and to say that this world "disappears and will again disappear and disappearing." The poems also have little to no punctuation, and the ideas are disconnected fragments not always told from the first person. The Serbian Cyrillic alphabet is interspersed with the Latin alphabet, borrowing from German such as "Sieben gegy Theben" and other foreign or English/international terms, such as "pizza."

Most of the poems seem to be social commentary. Children speak to a dead father, apologizing and describing the conditions in a socialist state. …

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