Sisyphus and I
by Ilja Kostovski
This collection of rebellious poems are a reflection of Macedonian poet Ilja Kostovski’s travels across the United States, as well as his interpretations of God’s purpose for man. Written over the course of a decade from the late 1970s, this work arose out of Kostovski’s immersion in the 1978 San Francisco poetry scene and his experience of living in the Shaw district of Washington, DC during the 1980s.
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Macedonian Poet Ilja Kostovski was born to a family of Macedonian Slavs living in Northern Greece, he became, at the age of 14, a refugee from the Greek Civil War. Still illiterate at that age, he moved to Prague and, by the age of 32, had mastered nine languages and received a Ph.D. from Charles University in Prague. He moved to East and then West Germany, and eventually to the United States where he remained for the rest of his life.
Jack Hirschman is a San Francisco poet, translator, and editor. His powerfully eloquent voice set the tone for political poetry in this country many years ago. Since leaving a teaching career in the ’60s, Hirschman has taken the free exchange of poetry and politics into the streets where he is, in the words of poet Luke Breit, “America’s most important living poet.” He is the author of numerous books of poetry, plus some 45 translations from a half a dozen languages, as well as the editor of anthologies and journals. Among his many volumes of poetry are Endless Threshold, The Xibalba Arcane, and Lyripol.
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