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A Forgetful Number by Vasko Popa

A Forgetful Number by Vasko Popa

Once upon a time there was a numberPure and round like the sunBut alone very much aloneIt began to reckon with itselfIt divided multiplied itselfIt subtracted added itselfAnd ...

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A Conceited Mistake by Vasko Popa

A Conceited Mistake by Vasko Popa

Once upon a time there was a mistakeSo silly so smallThat no one would even have noticed itIt couldn't bearTo see itself to hear of itselfIt invented all manner of thingsJust to ...

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Far Within Us #3 by Vasko Popa

Far Within Us #3 by Vasko Popa

Unquiet you walkAlong the rims of my eyesOn the invisible gratingBefore your lipsMy naked words shiverWe steal momentsFrom the unheeding iron sawsYour hands sadlyFlow into mineThe ...

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Far Within Us #4 by Vasko Popa

Far Within Us #4 by Vasko Popa

Green gloves rustleOn the avenue's branchesThe evening carries us under its armBy a path which leaves no traceThe rain falls on its kneesBefore the fugitive windowsThe yards come ...

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The Little Box by Vasko Popa

The Little Box by Vasko Popa

The little box gets her first teeth And her little length Little width little emptiness And all the rest she has The little box continues growing The cupboard that she was inside ...

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Give Me Back My Rags #12 by Vasko Popa

Give Me Back My Rags #12 by Vasko Popa

Enough chattering violets enough sweet trashI won't hear anything know anythingEnough enough of allI'll say the last enoughFill my mouth with earthGrit my teethTo break off you ...

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A Forgetful Number by Vasko Popa

A Forgetful Number by Vasko Popa

Once upon a time there was a numberPure and round like the sunBut alone very much aloneIt began to reckon with itselfIt divided multiplied itselfIt subtracted added itselfAnd ...

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Give Me Back My Rags #1 by Vasko Popa

Give Me Back My Rags #1 by Vasko Popa

Give me back my ragsMy rags of pure dreamingOf silk smiling of striped forebodingOf my cloth of laceMy rags of spotted hopeOf burnished desire of chequered glancesOf skin from my ...

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Far Within Us #2 by Vasko Popa

Far Within Us #2 by Vasko Popa

Look here's that uninvitedAlien presence look it's hereA shudder on the ocean of tea in the cupRust taking holdOn the edges of our laughterA snake coiled in the depths of the ...

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Anne Pennington by Vasko Popa

Anne Pennington by Vasko Popa

Until her last breath she enlargesHer Oxford houseBuilt in SlavonicVowels and consonantsShe polishes the corner-stonesUntil their Anglo-Saxon shineBegins to singHer death is like ...

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Far Within Us #5 by Vasko Popa

Far Within Us #5 by Vasko Popa

The nights are running out of darknessSteel branches graspThe arms of passers-byOnly anonymour chimneysAre free to walk the streetsWhich slice across our sleeplessnessIn the ...

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Before The Game by Vasko Popa

Before The Game by Vasko Popa

Shut one eye then the other Peek into every corner of yourself See that there are no nails no thieves See that there are no cuckoo's eggs Shut then the other eye Squat and jump ...

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The Benefactors Of The Little Box by Vasko Popa

The Benefactors Of The Little Box by Vasko Popa

We'll return the little boxInto the armsOf her inconspicuously honest propertiesWe won't do anythingAgainst her willWe'll simply take her apartWe'll crucify herOn her own ...

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Give Me Back My Rags #4 by Vasko Popa

Give Me Back My Rags #4 by Vasko Popa

Get out of my walled infinityOf the star circle round my heartOf my mouthful of sunGet out of the comic sea of my bloodOf my flow of my ebbGet out of my stranded silenceGet out I ...

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Far Within Us #1 by Vasko Popa

Far Within Us #1 by Vasko Popa

We raise our armsThe street climbs into the skyWe lower our eyesThe roofs go down into the earthFrom every painWe do not mentionGrows a chestnut treeThat stays mysterious behind ...

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Race by Vasko Popa

Race by Vasko Popa

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 ...

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The Prisoners Of The Little Box by Vasko Popa

The Prisoners Of The Little Box by Vasko Popa

Open little boxWe kiss your bottom and coverKeyhole and keyThe whole world lies crumpted in youIt resembles everythingExcept itselfNot even your clear-sky motherWould recognize it ...

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A Conceited Mistake by Vasko Popa

A Conceited Mistake by Vasko Popa

Once upon a time there was a mistakeSo silly so smallThat no one would even have noticed itIt couldn't bearTo see itself to hear of itselfIt invented all manner of thingsJust to ...

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Wedding by Vasko Popa

Wedding by Vasko Popa

Each strips his own skin Each bares his own constellation Which has never seen the night Each fills his skin with rocks And plays with it Lit by his own stars Who doesn't stop ...

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Give Me Back My Rags by Vasko Popa

Give Me Back My Rags by Vasko Popa

Just come to my mindMy thoughts will scratch out your faceJust come into my sightMy eyes will start snarling at youJust open your mouthMy silence will smash your jawsJust remind ...

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Between Games by Vasko Popa

Between Games by Vasko Popa

Nobody rests This one constantly shifts his eyes Hangs them on his head And whether he wants it or not starts walking backwards He puts them on the soles of his feet And ...

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Hide-And-Seek by Vasko Popa

Hide-And-Seek by Vasko Popa

Someone hides from someone else Hides under his tongue The other looks for him under the earth He hides on his forehead The other looks for him in the sky He hides inside his ...

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The Tenants Of The Little Box by Vasko Popa

The Tenants Of The Little Box by Vasko Popa

Throw into the little boxA stoneYou'll take out a birdThrow in your shadowYou'll take out the shirt of happinessThrow in your father's rootYou'll take out the axle of the ...

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The Admirers Of The Little Box by Vasko Popa

The Admirers Of The Little Box by Vasko Popa

Sing little boxDon't let sleep overtake youThe world's awake within youIn your four-sided emptinessWe turn distance into nearnessForgetfulness into memoryDon't let your nails come ...

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The Enemies Of The Little Box by Vasko Popa

The Enemies Of The Little Box by Vasko Popa

Don't box down to the little boxWhich supposedly contains everythingYour star and all other starsEmpty yourselfIn her emptinessTake two nails out of herAnd give them to the ...

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Far Within Us #6 by Vasko Popa

Far Within Us #6 by Vasko Popa

From the wrinkle between my browsYou watch till day breaksOn my faceThe waxen nightIs beginning to singeThe fingers of dawnBlack bricksHave already tiledThe whole dome of the ...

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