The pathetic fallacy of mined earth sets a precedent for a collection that explores turbidity, extraction and devastation, in multiple forms. At the level of language, the most resonant for a poetry collection, Dinić explores the multiple excavations needed to recapture stolen histories of her past.
I want to go straight to the title “In the Room with the She Wolf”. We see here, straight away, the dynamic tensions in Jelena’s writing. Room – domestic, interior, protection. She Wolf – wild, exterior, danger. But it’s not as simple as that. The she wolf in East European symbolism also represents family, the matriarch, the pack leader, the protector.