Book cover | Illustration | 2022

“My Dog and I Design Heart Defects” is the poetic debut of the author Marko Jovanovic from Novi Sad, a unique poetic dialogue, but actually a soliloquy and a companion with his best friend, his dog. The author is sometimes deeply introspective, sometimes prosaic and humorous, touching us with satire and drawing us into his own dreams of revolution, family, poetry, and a possible playful world, while at other times teasing himself and us, bringing us down to earth with the harsh reality of moments when cafes are empty, dogs no longer bark, and streets are covered in silence.

And from that silence, a new poem is born, often with a sobering humorous ending. Jovanovic’s poetics are in line with Beat literature, creating an atmosphere that prepares us for imaginary things, while bringing us back to the tradition of blues, mornings, and the time just before a verse, unburdened by genre and form, yet with a harmonized rhythm and composition of lines. The author’s introverted world of impressions and memories is teeming with metaphors, and everything is prepared as if there is nothing left to do but write a poem. And we are all welcome.