RIP Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014)

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Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun has died at age 73. Šalamun lived in Ljubljana and was one of Europe’s most celebrated poets.

The author of over three dozen poetry collections, Šalamun was winner of a Pushcart prize as well as the Jenko Prize, Slovenia’s Prešeren and Mladost Prizes. Poker, Šalamun’s first book, appeared in 1966 when the poet was just 25 years old. Since then, his work has been translated into many languages.

According to Poetry Foundation, Šalamun’s poetry was influenced by the work of poets such as Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, Charles Baudelaire and Charles Simic. Simic also edited a selected collection of Šalamun’s poems, The Selected Poems of Tomaz Šalamun from Ecco’s Modern European Poetry Series. The collection was published in 1991.

For more on the life and work of Šalamun visit the Poetry Foundation.