Vasko Popa

(1922 - 1991 / Vojvodina / Serbia)

Vasko Popa
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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 KnjiĹževne 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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  • Rookie - 95 Points Roger Mckeon (6/10/2014 7:45:00 AM)

    It's not transaction, it's translation.

  • Rookie - 0 Points Constance Steckel (12/12/2011 6:50:00 AM)

    Vasco Popa is a major poet. And should be more famous!

  • Rookie - 0 Points Constance Steckel (12/12/2011 6:49:00 AM)

    Popa should be better known in America. Such a powerful poet.

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Best Poem of Vasko Popa

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


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