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“Everything she learned about poetry,- she learned from me!” – Allen Ginsberg at Nina’s reading 


Nina Zivancevic

Papa Eric-
you don’t have to sell advice and
Red balloons on a subway
We love you
As we long to hear your song
From the edge of the bush
You sleep on the subway bench
Covered with mice shit and roaches
You say tell no one that I love you
They will be even more jealous
Papa Eric no one can love me the
Way you do I am out of nowhere
And no place to go
Just like you

El Chapo
So they think they got you
And el zorro and che and Fidel Castro
And if they keep you inside the wall
Street dungeon/ who is going to supply drugs to the Wall Street lawyers
They cannot function without your coke and yerba buena and for
The mescal alone the intellectuals from all these white countries will surely set you free
Perhaps you overdid it in your daily supply of the autonomous power
You audited that mister invisible
And gave him the wrong stuff
Your pay was getting smaller and smaller and your family’s debt taller
You… Hey I do not know
Where you el Chapo went wrong
But I know the prisons in California
Can be comfortable if enough of your pals sit in them too
Watch out for razor blades hidden in a loaf of bread
And don’t take too many common showers
You are el prenz y el GATO
Lord of any drug war in town
You are no terrorist babe and the prayer rug is safe under your feet
It’s all the Matter of money and some wrong payola
And those who shd be in jail instead of you and who rule the world
Will need you soon to be out doing some dirty job for them..
You dealt direct ly with the coke kings of Colombia who flew the stuff from the Andean jungles to Mexico each of their planes carrying à ton of product and then in NO time you used to smuggle that greed into California
They called you El Rapido
Just now
Listen to the song Quantanamera
Soon you Will be at large and Will
Ride the pampas again

Poet, essayist, fiction writer, playwright, art critic, translator, and contributing editor to NY ARTS magazine from Paris, Serbian born Nina Zivancevic has published 13 volumes of poetry. She has also written three books of short stories, two novels and a book of essays on Crnjanski (her doctoral thesis) which was published in Paris, New York, and Belgrade.

The recipient of three literary awards and former assistant and secretary to Allen Ginsberg, she has also edited and participated in numerous anthologies of contemporary world poetry. As editor and correspondent, she has contributed to modern Painters, American Book Review, East Village Eye, NY Arts Magazine, and Republique des Lettres. She has lectured at Naropa University, NYU, Saint John’s University, and the Harriman Institute. She taught English language and literature at University of Paris V and History of Avant-Garde Theatre at Paris 8 and numerous institutions throughout Europe. She has had four of her plays performed and emitted in the USA and GB and in New York, she worked with the Living Theater and members of the Wooster group. She lives and teaches the History of the Avant-Garde at University of Paris 8 in France.

You can purchase her books, Letters to Myself and Death of New York City here 

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