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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In Vain I Wake Her

I wake her for the sun that explains itself in plants
For sky stretched between the fingers
I wake her for words that burn my throat
I love her with my ears.
End of the world should be reached and drops of dew found in grass.
I wake her for some distant things that look like these here,
For people who, without forehead or name, go along the street,
For anonymous words, for squares I wake her,
For manufactured landscapes of public parks.

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