Vasko Popa

(1922 - 1991 / Vojvodina / Serbia)

Vasko Popa Poems

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

The little box gets her first teeth
And her little length
Little width little emptiness
And all the rest she has

The little box continues growing
The cupboard that she was inside
Is now inside her

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