Marjan Strojan

(1949 / Ljubljana)

Biography of Marjan Strojan

Marjan Strojan poet

Marjan Strojan was born in Ljubljana in 1949. Poet, translator, film critic; raised on his uncle's farm in the fifties; studied philosophy and comparative literature in the seventies; in 1979 joined the BBC World Service in London and later, as a journalist, the Cultural programme of Radio Slovenia in Ljubljana. In 2005 he held residencies at the University of Iowa and at the Sitka Institute in Alaska, U.S.A.

Marjan Strojan published four books of poetry: Excursion into Nature (Izlet v naravo, 1990), Belittled Insomnias (Drobne nespečnosti, 1991), Steamers in the Rain (Parniki v dežju, 2000) and The Day you loved me (Dan, ko me ljubiš, 2004). His fifth book, a selection from his published and unpublished work, will appear in 2006.

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Thirty

He sat on a timber of a young spruce cut down
on a Sunday afternoon: the woods still blue
and trails dug up by wheel-tracks all around
too wet for anybody to pass through.
He liked the shirt's grip on his back, the dell
all quiet and the solemn cool of things
at ease which this first Sunday's sunny spell
has brought to the belated Spring.
It wasn't all woods. From spruce over hill

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