Vasko Popa Poems
- A Conceited Mistake Once upon a time there was a mistake So ...
- Race Some bite from the others A leg an arm or whatever ...
- Far Within Us #1 We raise our arms The street climbs into ...
- Before The Game Shut one eye then the other Peek into every...
- Give Me Back My Rags #1 Give me back my rags My rags of ...
- The Admirers Of The Little Box Sing little box Don't let ...
- Far Within Us #3 Unquiet you walk Along the rims of my ...
Popa was born in the village of Grebenac, Vojvodina, Serbia. After finishing high school, he enrolled as a student of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Belgrade University. He continued his studies at the University of Bucharest and in Vienna. During World War II, he fought as a partisan and was imprisoned in a German concentration camp in Bečkerek (today Zrenjanin, Serbia).
After the war, in 1949, Popa graduated from the Romanic group of the Faculty of Philosophy at Belgrade University. He published his first poems in the magazines Književne novine (Literary Magazine) and the daily Borba (Struggle).
From 1954 until 1979 he was the editor of the publishing house ... more »
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A Conceited Mistake
Once upon a time there was a mistake
So silly so small
That no one would even have noticed it
It couldn't bear
To see itself to hear of itself
It invented all manner of things
Just to prove
that it didn't really exist
It invented space
To put its proofs in
And time to keep its proofs
And the world to see its proofs
All it invented
Was not so silly
Nor so small
But was of course mistaken
Could it have been otherwise
Trans. Anne Pennington