Jelena Dinic

States of Poetry 2016 SA Podcast | 'Alterations to the little black dress' by Jelena Dinic

24 June 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Jelena Dinic reads her poem 'Alterations to the little black dress' which featur More

States of Poetry 2016 SA Podcast | 'Handbag' by Jelena Dinic

24 June 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Jelena Dinic reads her poem 'Handbag' which feature More

States of Poetry 2016 SA Podcast | 'Babysitting' by Jelena Dinic

24 June 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Jelena Dinic reads her More

States of Poetry 2016 SA Podcast | 'The Silence of Siskins' by Jelena Dinic

24 June 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry po More

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Alterations to the little black dress' by Jelena Dinic

Jelena Dinic
06 April 2016

A little pin-up
three fingers
above the knees.

Behind the curtain
a dress-up game –
pretty things come undone.

He chalks lines
on raw stitches.
I catwalk.

My body fits the timeless black.
'You can live in it, or die'
smile the lips full of needles.

Do I look a little dead
with black fabric
on bone-pale flesh?

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States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'The Silence of Siskins' by Jelena Dinic

Jelena Dinic
06 April 2016

for my grandfather

 

He circles my arrival
on the calendar.

It is late November
and it doesn't snow.

A wooden pallet
hardens his bed.

He dreams of grandmother.
He doesn't want new dreams.

Two siskins in cages –
their song frozen like the air

that other November
when she lost her heart

c ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Babysitting' by Jelena Dinic

Jelena Dinic
06 April 2016

for Mia

 

I wore my grandmother's clothes
and sat on her doorstep.
Monday to Friday.
She talked.
I lied.

'I'll teach you how to write,' I said
pretending I could
hold a pen.
'Mouse will eat your ears,' she smiled.

At night we leaned on pillows
watched TV with subtitles.
I made up foreign words.
I tol ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Handbag' by Jelena Dinic

Jelena Dinic
06 April 2016

after Vasko Popa

 

Always ready to leave
leaving
each time further
from the whispers
of the grass.

She has forgotten
her death,
the calf she once was.

Curled around an arm
a new name sewn
into her mouth
she's been there, done that.

A tramp, living beyond
the stitches of life.

&n ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Back' by Jelena Dinic

Jelena Dinic
06 April 2016

I walk through my hometown
as an uninvited guest.

Divorced
from communism

the old street has taken back
its maiden name.

I follow the steps of a lost child
watching myself

from the curtains
of memory's windows.

The doors of St Nicholas church
are rusty but open.

Inside familiar faces
and a sign

Buy candle ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | About Jelena Dinic

Australian Book Review
06 April 2016

Jelena Dinic - poet page

Jelena Dinic arrived in Australia in 1993 during the collapse of Yugoslavia. She writes in Serbian and in English. In 2014 she was a resident at the Eleanor Dark Foundation, Varuna Writers' Retreat in the Blue Mounta ... More