Božidar Vasiljević (Western Voices 2020)

Exclusive: Western Voices, 2020: Edited by Scott Thomas Outlar
(Poems Translated into English by Danijela Trajković)

Bio: Božidar Vasiljević (1951) is a Serbian poet and novelist. He writes both for children and adults and has published more than 15 poetry books. His work has been translated in several languages. He lives and works in Belgrade.

The Sanctities in Kosovo

Holy chrome holy zinc holy nickel
holy magnesium holy copper holy mercury
holy silver holy gold holy bismuth
holy coal holy gas holy bauxite
holy indium holy cadmium
holy germanium
holy thallium
holy lead
holy manganese holy molybdenum holy boron
holy clay holy stone
holy air holy sun
holy moon
holy waters
holy land
holy land
holy land

(Translated by Danijela Trajković)

The World Will Become Extinct

The world will die out
not of aids cholera boredom
atomic bomb won’t destroy the world
the world will become extinct of fear
it will slowly seep
down the trouser leg
(Translated by Danijela Trajković)

I Am a Blade of Grass

I am a blade of grass
the dewed one that glitters
in front of the sways
of the lawnmower man
mowing in a row
some blades of grass early in the morning
some of them during the day
and some only at night
(Translated by Danijela Trajković)

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