“Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani’s Reveries about Language explores the extraordinary condition of being a double exile. Her multilingual poems, employing English, French and Croatian, trace a journey of self becoming through language. Poetic space is created for contextualisation, philosophical and literary thought as well as polyphony and hybridity. The work is utterly contemporary, absorbing and beguiling.” (David Caddy, Tears in the Fence, 2020)
“With its startling imagery, fluid exploration of form and multi-lingual approach to poetry, Reveries About Language is a quest into a poet’s own heart of darkness through which the colour and light of new realizations and thought-provoking ideas are refracted. At times gentle, in others brutal, it can be read as both a love letter and written warning that marks the ways language can propel an individual across the barriers of identity, time and space, and raises a question about how far each of us is at the mercy of words. An refreshingly unapologetic book from a striking new voice” (Helen Cox, Poetrygram, 2019).
“Mina Ray’s multilingual poem ‘Reveries about Language’ (in which Engish, Croatian and French each form another layer in the linguistic palimpsest) is the centrepiece of a journal which moves, reflectively and imaginatively, between languages” (Editors’ Note, The Still Point Journal, Issue 1, Nov 2015).
“‘Gazelle’ is a beautiful, inspired and inspiring, unpublished collection of poems, full of truly lovely – and very original – phrases and images which invite the reader to share an experience of being in the world and in words. These ‘reveries’ give form to a relationship to language, to languages, that takes shape both in the body and in the mind, and that is both sensual and cerebral, celebratory and reflective” (Debra Kelly, University of Westminster, 2014).
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