Poetry at Sangam




Vesna Goldsworthy (1961, Belgrade) lives in London and writes poetry in English, her third language, as well as her native Serbian, in which her poetry is much-anthologized. Aged twenty-three, she read her poems at a football stadium to an audience of thirty thousand people. She moved to Britain soon afterwards and did not write a line of poetry for over twenty years. Her first book in English, Inventing Ruritania: The Imperialism of the Imagination (Yale 1998), an influential study of Balkan representations in British and American culture, was translated into Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian, and Serbian. She is also the author of a bestselling and much translated memoir, Chernobyl Strawberries (Atlantic, 2005), which was serialized in the Times and on the BBC (Radio 4). Her Crashaw Prize winning debut poetry collection in English, The Angel of Salonika (Salt, 2011) was one of the Times Best Poetry Books of the Year.

Poems by Vesna Goldsworthy

Venice, Intermezzo

The Angel of Salonika

On Loving Tom

Balkan Poets


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