Versus Exsul Mario Susko


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In Susko’s second book of poems in English, a dizzying,
exhilarating, unnerving meditation on war, survival, history and
self, the act of poetry turns nightmare into reality and
history into dream…. He has brought personal and public suffering
and terror to that very edge where we can hardly bear them any
longer and turns them and his verse into something beautiful and
terrifying at the same moment.

Robert Karmon, Professor, Nassau Community College


There is a steady and relentless power in Versus Exsul. We
are slowly pulled through a Universe of Pain all the more vivid
than Rilke’s for being firmly here on earth, in the present, in the
senses of People Like Us, “as if pigeons could be the earthly spies
of eagles.” Above all, it is the experience of thinking, ceaseless
as a bodily function, that links Versus Exsul in all its
disparate parts, its lands distant and close, its stages of
memory–thinking as the condition of breathing.

Barry Fruchter


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
Exsul
, 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.