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Author: Christopher DeWeese

Stars Will Fall on Your Head: Tributes to Tomaž Šalamun file | Play in new windowThe great poet Tomaž Šalamun passed away on Dec. 27 in Ljubljana. As we know from his poem “History,” Šalamun was “a sphere rushing through the air.” As we know from his poem “The Tree of Life,” Šalamun was “born in a wheat field snapping [his] fingers.” He was an impossible gift to poetry. His work transcends camps or labels: it is strange, sincere, funny, tragic, large, true, and unmistakable. It is singular. As the news of his death spread, his readers forwarded each other favorite poems, recordings of Šalamun reading, scans of...

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