Niko Lazetic - Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop Prizes for Innovative Writing

There are many lines that stopped me with pleasure and made me think, e.g.  "the sum of all shadows you cast equals the weight of light." The weight of light, of bodies, of words is pitched against weighty themes like war, trauma, statelessness, and especially being between. Between states, languages, even scripts (Latin and Cyrillic), enacted by increasing appearance of lines in Serbo-Croatian, by the sequence moving between long, rushing, not quite grammatical prose lines and broken up, even syncopated verse.

But it is the sheer pleasure of the language, the startling use of abstractions, the dance of the intellect among words that enchants.