“Reveries about language” printed for Language Acts and World Making under the imprint of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, King’s College London (ISBN: 978-1-897747-36-0), 2019
“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)
“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)
The collection contains both Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani’s poetry and photography (with book design by Croatian designer Dejan Kršić).
To listen to some of the poems in the collection, see links below:
- Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani reading her poem “Reveries about language“
- Short video “Reveries about language” featuring some of the poems in the collection performed on 20 March, Pinter Studio, Queen Mary University of London, as part of the multimedia poetry recital “Reveries about language”, co-directed by Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani and Catherine Boyle in collaboration with sound artist Alo Allik
- Poem “Mirrors” with graphics animation and sound by Alo Allik
- Soundscape poem “As if” published on Sunday 10 May, Week 5, “Bound: for Amelia Rosselli” (read by: Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani, music: Alan Chamberlain, sound production: Gary Bromham)
A copy of the book can be purchased by contacting Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani at firstname.lastname@example.org.