Biography of Lidija Cvetkovic
Lidija Cvetkovic (born 1967) is a contemporary Australian poet.
Lidija Cvetkovic was born in the former Yugoslavia and emigrated to Australia with her family in 1980. She earned a BA at the University of Queensland and has worked as a teacher and currently as a psychologist. Her writing draws on her Yugoslav heritage and the former country's history in an intensely lyrical manner. Her War is Not the Season for Figs won the 2003 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the 2004 Anne Elder Award.
Lidija Cvetkovic's Works:
War Is Not The Season For Figs. (UQP, 2004)
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Lidija Cvetkovic Poems
A Return To Belgrade
In this grey town, Popa’s ‘white bone among the clouds’ the buildings stand still like shocked witnesses.
Sour Cabbage, Roses & Lies
After a decade of absence it’s the crumbling facades that strike me — chunks of paint split off like states on the map of former Yugoslavia. In the tenement flats everyone is spring cleaning —
The Body's Innuendo
At first I only sensed the obvious — in the body’s crypts there were signs but I couldn’t read their textured meaning — there was nothing but the shedding season.
What was it like when you were young? War had left its talismans . . . From forests and fields we brought in bombs and metal wrecks —
A Seed, A Crutch, A Heart
from the pig’s slit throat a red carpet unrolls all his life he’s been fed for this
A Portrait Of My Father
My father draws a blade along the wired frame as we watch perfect rectangles of honeycomb topple into
Conversations with my great-grandmother
What was it like when you were young?
War had left its talismans . . .
From forests and fields we brought in
bombs and metal wrecks —
a strange sort of harvest —