What Books Smell Like

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What Books Smell Like

On the International Route Munich – Salonika
The Shipwreck"s Mirror
On Oblivion
Lost Manuscripts
What Books Smell Like

I don’t deny it: I write untruthful,
deceitful lines. The method
is the same from text to text.
However, here and there it’s possible to find
a line or two with a worrying degree of truth.
Not long ago, looking for completely different
texts, I found among rare
manuscripts the following words:
The most important cities are those
already buried – new ones are not
worth founding. The best languages
have died out – there is no point in inventing better ones.
The most respected schools were situated
in gardens now abandoned.
The most interesting manuscripts are lost…

It is worth discovering, them. For us,
surviving members of the Babylonian library.

Translated by Evald Flisar

AuthorPavle Goranović
2018-08-21T17:23:25+00:00 July 1st, 2004|Categories: Poetry, Blesok no. 37|0 Comments