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  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: October 2, 2020
  • Filed Under: Library News
autumn leaf

A sign of autumn found on SAC roadway.


“Only with a leaf

can I talk of the forest,”

Visar Zhiti, The Condemned Apple: Selected Poetry

A pretty couplet for fall, suitable for embroidery. But a search on VUFind quickly reveals a more lamentable provenance of these lines composed by Albanian poet Visar Zhiti. Composed-not written, as much of the collection from which this line was taken is from the time of Zhiti’s imprisonment for writing poetry deemed as anti-Communist propaganda during the repressive Hoxha regime (1941-1985). While incarcerated, he had no access to writing materials, yet still composed poetry as a way to keep his sanity. He memorized over a hundred poems over ten years, finally transcribing them upon his release. A volume of  Zhiti’s work is entitled “The Condemned Apple,” and is available via E-ZBorrow and interlibrary loan.

Segel, H. (2012). Visar Zhiti: (b. 1952). In The Walls Behind the Curtain: East European Prison Literature, 1945–1990 (pp. 64-69). Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press. doi:10.2307/j.ctt7zwb06.12

Photo by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing at Falvey. 

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