Just this month, Smokestack Books released a new anthology of poems written by my dear Bosnian friend Goran Simić. Called New and Selected Sorrows, it includes some of the best of Simić’s postwar and diaspora writing — from collections like Immigrant Blues, From Sarajevo with Sorrow, and Sunrise in the Eyes of the Snowman — along with a substantial section of material appearing in print for the first time. A quick glance at the sample poems on the publisher’s website will give you an immediate sense of why the likes of Susan Sontag and Sydney Lea have been so powerfully drawn to Goran and his work.
These days, after living for more than a decade in Canada, Goran is back home in Sarajevo, working desperately to preserve and promote Bosnia-Herzegovina’s vibrant, multi-ethnic literary culture. I can’t recommend his work highly enough.