Branko Miljkovic

Rookie (1934 - 1961 / Nis, Serbia)

Biography of Branko Miljkovic

Branko Miljkovic poet

Branko was born in 1934, in the Serbian city of Nis. His poetical talents were mirrored in numerous prizes won in various local and school competitions in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He enrolled into the University of Belgrade, where he studied philosophy. He refused to play a sycophant for the Communist Party, and the success of his poetry clearly suffered for it. By autumn of 1960, Branko was increasingly surrounded by too many Salieris, all trying to undermine his poetry by saying it is too hermetic, too far fetched, too reactionary. On the night between 12th and 13th February 1961, his body was found hanging from a tree in a park in Zagreb (Croatia) where he had been living for a while. Official records stated at the time that it was a suicide, but growing evidence is emerging that he was killed by Croat nationalists. To this very day, the truth remains yet to be uncovered.

Branko Miljkovic's Works:

In Vain I Wake Her (1956) , With Death Against Death (1958) , Origin of Hope (1959) , Fire and Nothing (1960)

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Between Two Days

She passed by the house
Where the light is turned on, milk drank and one sleeps
And left on the pavement her footprints
Like piano keys
Since then I bear on my lips
A kiss as large as her forehead
And I am thinking up a word
That will find and recognise her

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