Mothers, Shoes, and Other Mortal Songs

$11.95 US
ISBN 0-938999-07-9

About the Author
Yuganta Press

Mario Susko is retelling the oldest tales of brutality and human
unkindness with unmediated honesty. There is in the modest catalogue
of possessions in these poems a kind of epic finality–this is how
we were if an archeologist asks… This is a work of delicacy and
brutal fact, of poetic preciseness and logic, and, at the same
time, of illogic and absurdity. It is an elegy, a requiem, and yet
it is always about life, living and the things of existence.

Robert Karmon, Professor, Nassau Community College

We deal here with the agon of remembrance and oblivion, which is
also the struggle of life and death, i.e., the struggle for life
where death is the act of final perception.

Josip Osti

We have before us an author of truly sophisticated and epochal

Tonko Maroevic

About the Author
Born in Sarajevo, Mario Susko is a witness and survivor of the war
in Bosnia. Wounded during a mortar attack, he left the city in
March of 1993 and came to the US that November. He graduated in
English from the University of Sarajevo and received his M.A. and
Ph.D. from SUNY at Stony Brook in the 70s. Between 1970 and 1990 he
edited and translated poetry by Theodore Roethke, e. e. cummings,
fiction by Donald Barthelme and Saul Bellow; also, he translated
fiction by Bernard Malamud, James Baldwin, E. L. Doctorow, James
Dickey, William Styron, and Kurt Vonnegut, among others. He has
published nineteen books of poems, two of them in the US,
Mothers, Shoes and Other Mortal Songs and Versus
, where he has lived half of his past thirty
years. He has also edited and translated
into Croatian Black on White, an
anthology of 20th century African-American poetry, as
well as the integral edition/translation of Walt
Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, both released
by Meandar in Zagreb (2000 & 2002). He is
the recipient of several awards, including the Nassau Review Poetry
Award, the “Nuove Lettere” International Prize for Poetry and
Literature for Mothers, Shoes and Other Mortal Songs (I. C.
I. in Napoli, Italy, published the Italian edition of the book in
2001), and the Tin Ujevic Award (Croatia) for Versus Exsul.