Vasko Popa

(1922 - 1991 / Vojvodina / Serbia)

Vasko Popa Poems

1. A Conceited Mistake 1/13/2003
2. Far Within Us #1 1/13/2003
3. Race 1/13/2003
4. Before The Game 1/13/2003
5. Far Within Us #3 1/13/2003
6. The Admirers Of The Little Box 1/13/2003
7. Give Me Back My Rags #1 1/13/2003
8. Between Games 1/13/2003
9. The Enemies Of The Little Box 1/13/2003
10. Hide-And-Seek 1/13/2003
11. Far Within Us #2 1/13/2003
12. Far Within Us #6 1/13/2003
13. The Craftsmen Of The Little Box 1/13/2003
14. Give Me Back My Rags #4 1/13/2003
15. Give Me Back My Rags #12 1/13/2003
16. Give Me Back My Rags 1/13/2003
17. Far Within Us #4 1/13/2003
18. Far Within Us #5 1/13/2003
19. The Benefactors Of The Little Box 1/13/2003
20. Anne Pennington 1/13/2003
21. A Forgetful Number 1/13/2003
22. In The Village Of My Ancestors 1/13/2003
23. The Little Box 1/13/2003
24. Far Within Us #7 1/13/2003
25. Wedding 1/13/2003
26. Last News About The Little Box 1/13/2003
27. The Tenants Of The Little Box 1/13/2003
28. Give Me Back My Rags #11 1/13/2003
29. The Judges Of The Little Box 1/13/2003
30. The Victims Of The Little Box 1/13/2003
31. The Prisoners Of The Little Box 1/13/2003
32. The Owners Of The Little Box 1/13/2003
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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Give Me Back My Rags #12

Enough chattering violets enough sweet trash
I won't hear anything know anything
Enough enough of all

I'll say the last enough
Fill my mouth with earth
Grit my teeth

To break off you skull guzzler

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