TE21 Serbian Moments

Directions for Use (poetry excerpt) Ana Ristović Translated from Serbian by Steven and Maja Teref

Little Zebras

The more I read the more books resemble little zebras their spines bend under the thumb anticipating the riders they won’t buck off. The reader worthy of the black row is worthy of words, the one worthy of words is worthy of the white space, the one worthy of white space is worthy of experience tamed for the ages the thin gaps between lines; without books,

no padded lining for a winter coat.

Ana Ristović


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