Poetry. Second Edition. POKER is Tomaz Salamun's first book of poetry, originally published in 1966 in Slovenia. This edition, vibrantly translated by award-winning poet Joshua Beckman in collaboration with the author, makes POKER available in its entirety in English. Poker was a finalist for the PEN American prize for poetry in translation. " ...the poetry of Tomaz Salamun is truly one of the wonders of the literary world"--John Bradley (in Rain Taxi)."...the wonderfully mystical, synaesthetic, and visionary poems of this book make a strange yet immediate sense"--Noah Eli Gordon (in The Poetry Project Newsletter).

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By jeff (Pittsburgh, PA) · ★★★★☆ · July 27, 2011
Simultaneously more straightforward and looser than much of his later work (seems reasonable for a first book by a 22-year old experimentalist), i enjoyed it quite a bit. I admit that reading his stuff of late has gone a long way toward loosening words from out my own head. Strange the disconnect... ...more
By Paul (New Orleans, LA) · ★★★★★ · May 17, 2008
I'm reading this (especially the section called "Little Mushrooms") alongside Isaiah Berlin's concept of the ascetic, which he brings up in Two Concepts of Liberty and Roots of Romanticism--the person who, in order to escape the pain of want, teaches herself not to want. "The rule does not oppres... ...more
By Timothy (Richmond, VA) · ★★★★★ · January 28, 2008
Good stuff from a great man. ...more