Vasko Popa Poems
- Race Some bite from the others A leg an arm or whatever ...
- A Conceited Mistake Once upon a time there was a mistake So ...
- Far Within Us #1 We raise our arms The street climbs into ...
- Before The Game Shut one eye then the other Peek into every...
- The Admirers Of The Little Box Sing little box Don't let ...
- Give Me Back My Rags #1 Give me back my rags My rags of ...
- Wedding Each strips his own skin Each bares his own ...
Popa was born in the village of Grebenac, Vojvodina, Serbia. After finishing high school, he enrolled as a student of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Belgrade University. He continued his studies at the University of Bucharest and in Vienna. During World War II, he fought as a partisan and was imprisoned in a German concentration camp in Bečkerek (today Zrenjanin, Serbia).
After the war, in 1949, Popa graduated from the Romanic group of the Faculty of Philosophy at Belgrade University. He published his first poems in the magazines Književne novine (Literary Magazine) and the daily Borba (Struggle).
From 1954 until 1979 he was the editor of the publishing house ... more »
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Some bite from the others
A leg an arm or whatever
Take it between their teeth
Run out as fast as they can
Cover it up with earth
The others scatter everywhere
Sniff look sniff look
Dig up the whole earth
If they are lucky and find an arm
Or leg or whatever
It's their turn to bite
The game continues at a lively pace
As long as there are arms
As long as there are legs
As long as there is anything