About the Author
Tom Priestly is professor emeritus in the Department of Modern Languages and Culture Studies at the University of Alberta and the author of numerous translations including Jani Virk’s The Last Temptation of Sergiy (2016).
Born in Austria, Cvetka Lipuš is the author of seven collections of poetry in Slovenian. Kaj smo, ko smo (2015), for which Lipuš received the Prešeren Foundation Award, was shortlisted for the Veronika Prize, Slovenia’s most prestigious poetry prize.
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To-do list First thing in the morning I check you off the list, for you are still asleep. Together the sun and I make our rounds, we add up the streets in our district, I subtract the one with a dog. During the meeting, engrossed in a game of Battleships, when someone says “A 4” the project goes belly-up. After lunch I throw in the towel, so that all afternoon I am counting the threads and strands. On the way home I pop into the store for merchandise into which I put my efforts. My legs find their way into a nearby bar: there people I know balance up the empty years and the full glasses into an odd number. When I get back, you are half asleep. Drowsily you look over your own list and cross me off.
Table of ContentsContents Foreword • Donna Kane vii Odprti konec 2 Open End Regrets 10 Regrets Jutranja vožnja 12 Morning Journey Kaj bi 14 What If Zaposlitev 16 Employment Sanje 18 The Dream Dediščina 20 Inheritance Vdova 22 The Widow Deseti januar 24 January Tenth Koncert za glas in nebo 26 Concerto for Voice and Sky Težki od časa 30 Heavy with Time Naj sonce ne zaide nad jezo 32 Let Not the Sun Go Down on Your Anger Slovo 34 Saying Goodbye Nespečnost 36 Sleeplessness Novi naslov 42 The New Address Poglej nas, kako lebdimo 44 Watch Us Float Obisk 48 The Visit Noč z grozo v gobcu 50 A Night with a Threat in Its Muzzle Vodič 52 Guide Gibalo 54 Perpetuum Mobile Kje si, ko si 56 Where You Are When You Are Negovanje 60 Caring Prehod 62 Passage Počitnice 64 Holidays Lake Mendota 66 Lake Mendota Pogled zavesti 70 The Look of Consciousness Dreams Limited 72 Dreams Limited To-Do List 74 To-Do List Prijavni urad 76 The Registration Office Na levem boku dneva 78 On the Port Side of the Day Drago življenje, 82 Dear Life, Čakanje 84 Waiting Afterword • Tomaž Toporišič 87 About the Author and Translator 91