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Maintenant Croatia

By SJ Fowler.


Though the Maintenant reading series has become known for promoting collaborative and experiment poetry events its original incarnation remains very much its base. That is as a platform for a group of poets visitng London from a single European nation. This past Thursday, April 27th, following poets from Romania, Norway, Iceland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Macedonia and Latvia, it was the turn of five Croatian poets to read alongside an assortment of British writers at Europe House, in Westminster.

Truly revolutionising Croatian poetics since the turn of the century this group of poets represent a generation that has refused the staid political atmosphere of post communist poetry circles, and has forced their nation to expand its scope and poetic vernacular. They have achieved unprecedented success, making Croatia a world recognised powerhouse of contemporary European poetry. Centred around the iconoclastic Poezija magazine Damir Sodan, Sonja Manojlovic, Ivan Herceg, Dorta Jagic and Tomica Bajsic constituted the core of another wonderful night of readings.

Damir Sodan

Tim Atkins

Andy Spragg

Claire Potter

Sonja Manojlovic

Ivan Herceg

Dorta Jagic

Joe Kennedy

Mark Waldron

Saradha Soobrayen

Marcus Slease

Jeff Hilson

Tomica Bajsic


SJ Fowler is a poet and journalist, living in London. He edits the Maintenant series of readings and interviews and is the poetry editor of 3am magazine and Lyrikline in the UK. He has had work commissioned by the Tate, the London Sinfonietta and Mercy. He is a full time employee of the British Museum and a postgraduate student at the Contemporary Centre for Poetic Research, University of London.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Sunday, May 6th, 2012.