Portrait Marko Pogačar
© Seyfettin Dinçtürk

Guest 2012.


Pijavice nad Santa Cruzom
Zagreb, 2006

Poslanice običnim ljudima
Zagreb, 2007

Zagreb, 2009

An die verlorenen Hälften
Edition Korrespondenzen
Wien, 2010
[Ü: Alida Bremer]

Atlas glasova
Zagreb, 2011

Bog neće pomoći
Zagreb, 2012

Marko Pogačar [ Croatia ]

Marko Pogačar was born in Split in 1984. After leaving school in his hometown, he studied Comparative Literature and History at the University of Zagreb and, since then, he has been working on his doctorate in a multidisciplinary field of literary and cultural studies and cinematography.

Pogačar has published three collections of poems so far. His debut was »Pijavice nad Santa Cruzom« (2006; tr.: Vortex over Santa Cruz), which was enthusiastically praised by the critics and received the Narvh Jezika Award for the best Poetry Collection of a Writer Under 35 as well as the Kvirin Award. One year later he published his second anthology »Poslanice običnim ljudima« (2007; tr.: Letters to Ordinary People). His third book of poetry »Predmeti« (2009; tr.: Objects) made him an important representative of the Croatian literary industry. Pogačar’s poems combine fragmentary images. His lyrical Ego meanders between philosophy, politics, pop culture, everyday observations and reflections on his own language: »My language is Mecca / the fleshy fist, Macchia, / a plant that catches fire.« Restlessly and overwhelmed by the associations and rhythms of his own verses, the young poet presents himself as a man who is obsessed with and driven by language, and who always knows how to experiment with forms and contents. When presenting his poetry, his recitals resemble music, because he tries hard to have his audience feel the verve of his words. Pogačar’s poetry has been translated into more than twenty languages, and published in many international anthologies and magazines. Selected poems were published in a German version under the title »An die verlorenen Hälften« (tr.: To the lost halves) in 2010.

The poet’s output is complex in view of his vast knowledge of the Croatian and international history of literature. He also writes essays, reviews and interviews, including »Atlas glasova« and »Jer mi smo mnogi« (both published in 2011). In the recent past he has turned his attention to prose: »Bog neće pomoći« (2012; tr.: God will not help) is his first collection of short stories. He war also an editor, publisher, critic and the chief-editor of the literary journal »Ka/Os« and the drummer of the post punk band »Death Disco«. Pogačar translates from British and American English. He is, thus, not only an experienced poet, but a man who knows literature from all perspectives. Pogačar is currently working on a new anthology of poetry, and is a visiting author of the Literary Colloquium Berlin.

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