Nina Pečar

Nina Pečar, born in Novo mesto in 1990, is an undergraduate of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. She also studies composition at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, and jazz violin at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium in Klagenfurt. She works as a painter, a violin, piano and musical theory teacher, and is the composer and violinist for the Artistik quintet. Kardiogram, a verse novel she is writing in dialogue with Kristian Koželj, is currently being prepared for publication.


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Why I am a Poem

The shocking softness of the taste

Of white coffee
Reminds me every morning
That with words alone the character of a warm cup
Can be defined.

They must then also be able to
Define the character
Of crumpled sheets,
Unwashed dishes, and
Empty bottles.

White coffee reminds me every morning
That character matters.
More so than taste, scent or washed hair.

And that a poem with no character
Is a crime against language.

And so every morning,
With a cup of white coffee, I realize anew
That I, too, can be a poem,
As long as I have character.

And so I, too, on a cold autumn morning
Can be someone's
Cup of hot
And slightly too sweet
White coffee.


Translated by Tadeja Spruk

(Poetikon 65-66)