poster_thanatonautPromotion of my first book of poetry “Thanatonaut” happened in Velika Kladuša (my town), Bosnia and Herzegovina on April 14th, 2012. Town Hall was full with my fellow residents, marking this promotion as truly the first event of gothic predicate of such magnitude to ever happen here. Like the title says, this book deals with death, but also much more – poems collected in this book (all 111 of them) reflect the moonlight of a full moon spilling over a haunted path, eerie melodies and violin sighs, delusions and revelations of the cursed heart of a poet who has the audacity to call herself just that (an immortal sin!) and step into the company of other fellow authors.

Reviewers Aurelija Karajić and Nizama Muhamedagić masterfully presented the book to the audience, while Almira Džanić and Selena Alibegić recited chosen poems such as “Five Passed” and “Poem For Brandon Lee” (featured on this site several years ago right here). The programme was led by Nermina Imerovska, while the beautiful voice of Veldina Alibegić made the evening unforgettable with her performances of “Stand By Me” and “Someone Like You”, along with the Town Women’s Choir with selected songs from their opus. The only person that was missing was Ivana Sataić, editor-in-chief of Venia-Mag portal and the third reviewer of the book, but she was there in spirit and you can read her wonderful review at Venia-Mag!

“…a deep emotional expression through which the author gives herself to the fullest
is a poetic jewel from which we can learn…”
“Debut of a young Bosnian poet Ilhana Škrgić “Thanatonaut” is without a doubt a breath of fresh air
in the world of Bosnian-Herzegovinian poetry… it clearly depicts a sparkling spirit, intelligent
and above all realistic mind of the poet, who  shows us in her world of emotion, dreams and aspirations
with the magic of her words…”
“The poet managed to bring closer the feeling of above-earthly love, passion, pain, cruelty, truth,
non-existence and transience… Her poems can be witnesses and expressions of a poet’s crucial link to the world…”

Forever thankful for inspiration drawn from the world of The 69 Eyes, I offer here photos from the promotion and a link about the event on the website of Radio Velika Kladuša, besides my endless graditude.

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