Stars of the Night Commute by Ana Bozičević (Tarpaulin Sky Press)
Queer poet Ana Bozičević’s first book, Stars of the Night Commute, is an intense and highly lyrical collection of poetry. Born in Zagreb, Croatia, and now a New Yorker, Bozičević is the author of four chapbooks — the fifth, Depth Hoar, will be published by Cinematheque Press in 2010.
“I tell you as a friend. In middle school already I knew I couldn’t love
“It was so sweet I
teared up like a sentimental father. But really this is
the same father that hit his son. So I
opened my eyes. The train was moving.”
Bozičević’s images are at times startling in their simplicity and precision. In one of the more surprising poems, “Swan,” she describes an almost out of body experience:
“I went to the place I was born
and it plainly was a bride. So I ran after her.
When she turned into a star I swallowed her.
And out of this uneasiness will come
Bozičević’s work is thought-provoking, inspired and unexpected. Highly recommended.
Heather O’Neill’s Top 10 Books of 2009
1. My Invented Life by Lauren Bjorkman (Henry Holt)
4. The Others by Seba Al-Herz (Seven Stories)* This is a re-release in translation
5. Evidence by Mary Oliver (Beacon)
6. A Field Guide to Deception by Jill Malone (Bywater)
8. The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith by Joan Schenkar (St. Martin’s)
10. This One’s Going to Last Forever by Nairne Holtz (Insomniac Press).