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My Incognito Daybreak

Andrea Jurjević

When the dusk quickened with doves

I swept the feathers into a pan and watched days darken into a bruise,

words falling behind the horizon, one by one: cunt, country, the parliament of laments.

I swept, it didn’t matter why.

Tomorrow I released me.

Andrea Jurjević is a Croatian poet and literary translator. She is the author of Small Crimes, winner of the 2015 Philip Levine Prize, and the chapbook Nightcall (Willow Springs Editions, 2021). Her book-length translations from Croatian include Mamasafari (Diálogos Press, 2018) and Dead Letter Office (The Word Works, 2020), which was shortlisted for the 2021 National Translation Award in Poetry.

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