Tuesday, August 1, 2023



A crumb


How many of you are there?

In a flirtation of Swiss chard and cheese,

for the pies that want to move in

between the smiling palms?

Imagination through the eye of a needle


can two become four on rare clover leaves?

Someone is,

once upon a time, oddities


you are on two shores, two

and two,

and you will become one.

A crumb is visible

in the mountain wishes

that defy the wind.




Shaky, under the swelling of time,

they dig with intermittent pain.

Sometimes they pass away, intentions lurk,

let you hope for the outcome.

They grow from sight to sound.

They unbutton the smile, and actually

all the time with silk thread

what was determined long ago.





Time is lapel

Woland's coat,

checkered mockery

for those

who fear the hands of the clock.

I put them in the palms of my hands

I dig in

with the smile of the captain

of a sinking ship

without icebergs and pirates.

Brooches are temporary

escape from shame bad

sewn lies -

I won't believe them.

I would tonight

all the darkness of heaven

enlightened by prayer.




VALENTINA NOVKOVIĆ (Serbia), graduate philologist, poet, prose writer, literary translator. Editor in a publishing house. Published four book of poems (Timeless 2014, Drop by drop 2018, Riddles of Tenderness, 2020,Poems to the Heaven, 2022, which won the first prize at the Fifth Drina Literary Meeting) and one prose book (Two hours from reality, 2020), Winner of many awards for poetry and prose as well as for translations. The book of stories by the famous writer and translator Rahim Karimov, "Stories for youbg people" Alma, 2019, which she translated into Serbian, received the award for the best translated prose book in 2019 by Literary Translators. Her verses have been translated into 16 world languages, and the book Odgonetke nežnosti was translated into Romanian in 2022 (Leo Butnaru translator, Timpul publisher.) She has translated individual stories and poems of more than 300 authors into Serbian, interviewed all important creators around the world and interviews were published in more widely read newspapers or magazines for culture and art. Member of the Association of Writers of Serbia and Kazakhstan, the Serbian Literary Association, and many associations in the world. Editor and host of the forum "Literary Conversations".


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