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Remembering Tomaž Šalamun

The celebrated Slovenian poet, Tomaž Šalamun, passed away on December 27, 2014. Read a touching tribute to Šalamun by his friend and fellow poet, Christopher Merrill, here.​


I will take nails,
long nails
and hammer them into my body.
Very very gently,
very very slowly,
so it will last longer.
I will draw up a precise plan.
I will upholster myself every day
say two square inches for instance.Then I will set fire to everything.
It will burn for a long time.
It will burn for seven days.
Only the nails will remain,
all welded together and rusty.
So I will remain.
So I will survive everything.
–Tomaž Šalamun

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