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Novica Tadić, born in Montenegro in 1949, was a Serbian poet and the author of over a dozen poetry collections, including Dark Things (BOA Editions, 2009) and Night Mail: Selected Poems (Oberlin College Press, 1992). He was the recipient of several major Serbian literary awards, including the Laureat Nagrade. He died in 2011.

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Novica Tadić

A two-legged bag
stops me on the street
and asks me
                 what I'm carrying
in bags
under my arm
carrying carrying carrying

Nothing
Nothing
Nothing
Dead Nightingale
Dead Hen

From Dark Things. Copyright © 2009 by Charles Simic. Used with permission of BOA Editions, Ltd.

From Dark Things. Copyright © 2009 by Charles Simic. Used with permission of BOA Editions, Ltd.

Novica Tadić

Novica Tadić, born in Montenegro in 1949, was a Serbian poet and the author of over a dozen poetry collections, including Dark Things (BOA Editions, 2009) and Night Mail: Selected Poems (Oberlin College Press, 1992). He died in 2011.