Poetry Travels with Anna Blasiak and Lisa Kalloo: HOME by Nataša Sardžoska, translated by the Author

You will never leave me alone
the pores of my body whistle under the window
in a foreign city whose breath is leading me 
drawing foggy sun over the morning 
spread as milk on my tongue

I walk on broken needles at every border crossing 
at every station 
before any government
my eyes are muddy 
they reveal the suspect 
my lost keys
my lost passport 
my lost passage
my lost port 

You imprisoned me in a musty train 
as a wandering breath behind closed teeth  
broken are the violins and the glasses 
but you cannot crush me because
I wear under my skin 
my home.

By Nataša Sardžoska

Translated by the Author, revised by Sinead McMorrow

Nataša Sardžoska is a Macedonian poet, writer, translator, professor, journalist and essayist. She has lived and worked in Paris, Brussels, Milan, Rome, Stuttgart, Barcelona and Lisbon. She has published five poetry books and the novel Tramontana (2021), as well as numerous essays in international magazines, academic papers and columns. Her poetry has been translated into more than 15 world languages ​​and published in several international anthologies and magazines. She is an author of many literary translations from Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Catalan. She has translated over 100 foreign authors, including Pasolini, Collodi, Carducci, Tabucchi, Pessoa, Saramago, Camoes, Carneiro, Couto, Boyunga, Carvalho, Braga, Montale and many others.

Photo by Lisa Kalloo

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