In the river I stand
And drink moonlight in my palm
From the frozen bed I pull out a rock -
And cast it high towards the stars.
The fingernails of the dark –
The rain isn’t going to fall.
The snow is falling onto the ice
In its quest for gold
We lay our mouths to the ground.
Perhaps in the roots beneath
The last scent of the garden
And myself captured inside—
In the eyes without lashes
You turn into a bird,
Born in 1981, she is a Montenegrin poet, literary scholar, music writer and translator. Graduated with an MA in English Language and Literature from University of Montenegro (Her BA thesis is entitled 'The Influences of William Blake's Poetry on the Rock Music of Jim Morrison, " whereas her MA thesis is entitled 'Pursuing the Otherness in the Poetry of William Blake') . The author of five highly acclaimed imagistic poetry collections, the first of which was published when she was fifteen years old. Her poetry has been presented at numerous international festivals, residencies and art biennials, and is frequently anthologized -Voix de la Méditerranée (La Passe du Vent,2012) , World Haiku 2016 (Tokyo: World Haiku Association) , Capitals (New Delhi: Bloomsbury,2016) , Balkan Rose (Sofia: Hermes publishing,2016) , and many others. She was a speaker at William Blake Colloquium at Tate Britain in London, where she also had a poetry performance. As a literary theorist, she contributes to Bloomsbury publishing. Has contributed an aural component to a plant installation by Australian eco-designer, Tanja Beer, presented by Arts House (Melbourne) in partnership with Cambridge Junction, UK. The main focus of her research work is English mystical poetry (particularly Blake studies) and British 1960s pop music (with numerous papers produced on the subject of Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, blues origins, etc) . Also was responsible for the Montenegrin component of the world poetry festival ‘Palabra en el Mundo’. Her poetic photography was included in group exhibition ‘What’s the Point of Poetry? ’ (Berlin, Academy of Arts, June 2013) that was later shown in Frankfurt-am-Main (Bookfair 2013) , Leipzig, Sweden (Malmö and Umeå) and Haifa (Israel) . A group of acting students in Albanian Arts Academy produced a performance inspired by her poems. Twice chosen by the international jury of art critics to represent Montenegro at the Artists Biennial of Europe and Mediterranean - in Ancona in 2013 and in Milano in 2015. Her most recent translation credit includes Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Hungry Stones and Other Stories’ (2014) . Her latest music study is entitled ‘Voodoo Child: A Story About Jimi Hendrix’ (2013) .)
Till A Snowflake Falls
Till a snowflake falls,
Softly broken on your eyes,
It sleeps and dreams,
But in undertones from the inside
Her secret bed rustles
And leaves bedraggled leaves falling down.
Tomorrow I will know what the sky is.
Today I know all about the water.