Poetry | $15 ($12 direct from UDP)
Smyth-sewn. 128 pp, 6 x 9 in.
Publication Date: 2008
"In his wily, edgy and hyperactive debut collection of thematically linked poems, Marinovich follows a prodigal grandson—ostensibly the poet—who returns to Belgrade, or 'Marinovichland,' over the course of five years. During each visit, the poet transcribes conversations and shapes them into 'typewriter portraits,' poems meant to be like family photographs. Opening with the darkly beautiful 'Belgrade Eyes,' Marinovich elegizes a relative who has committed suicide, unable to face 'twelve years of war.' Second-guessing his right to celebrate or mourn his own ethnic and familial history—'[w]ho are you to sing the dead you never knew?'—each poem comes closer to embracing the self-appointed role of bard journalist by addressing war and its aftermath in a removed albeit intimate manner: 'befriend radiation—/ deal with traces of/ depleted uranium bombing/by NATO in ’99.' Later, Marinovich points out ironies in the U.S.: 'O look at this photo opportunity/ a Non-President jogging with a soldier with a prosthetic right leg.' Ranging from the highly political to the sweetly playful and tenderly sentimental, Marinovich, who is neither outsider nor insider in either of his homes, reveals that national identity can be fluid when 'from one side or another/ no one can be secure in the global cell.'" —Publishers Weekly
"The book's frenzied sequences thrash forward with the linguistic aplomb of Joyce, O'Hara." —The Boston Review
"I admit I find prophecy in these pages." —Venepoetics
Scenes from Zero Readership:
" I am super conservative when it comes to space station hygeine"
" the voices I hear in my washing machine as I paint them"
" I think of your Belgrade as a different social notation"
" Then we went to Black Grass"
" to get laid like ink"
" the trams taken through Belgrade during the war when tramrides were
" Belgrade in a crater"
" emails of the dead! Writing you from their text pads"
" Hooray! What is time to us but a picture of space"
" halibut objurgate pjs"
" We guzzle water straight from the
" I can't study philosophy–It's disgusting–
I found a hair in my textbook!"
" and give my regards to my head when you see it in the lettuce!"
NEWS AND REVIEWS
Filip Marinovich is the author of Zero Readership and And If You Don't Go Crazy I'll Meet You Here Tomorrow, both published by Ugly Duckling Presse. In Fall 2011 Filip served as librarian at The People's Library at Occupy Wall Street and worked with Stephen Boyer as co-compiler of "The Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology" as well as performing in the weekly Poetry Assembly. Filip is currently working on an epic poem named "Wolfman Librarian" based on his experiences leading up to and during the Occupation of Wall Street. An excerpt appears online in EOAGH 7.