Marko Kravos

Marko Kravos, born in 1943, is a poet, writer, essayist and translator. He was born in Montecalvo Irpino, a small village in the Southern Italian region of Irpinia, where his family was sent to confination by the Italian Fascist regime. He spent his childhood in Trieste, where he attended Slovene language schools. After graduating in Slavic philology at the University of Ljubljana in 1969, in Slovenia, he worked in several publishing houses in Trieste. He also worked as Slovene language professor at the University of Trieste. Between 1996 and 2000, he served as president of the Slovenian section of the International P.E.N..
Kravos writes poetry, essays and children literature, as well as screenplays for radio. He is most renowned for his lyrical poems, which have been translated into 17 languages. His most famous poem is 'Jason's Trace' (Jazonova sled).
Kravos also translates from Italian, Croatian and Spanish to Slovene. Among other, he translated works by Scipio Slataper, Elio Vittorini and Octavio Paz.

(Foto: Murr)



Two hands
two feet
from time to time
on all fours.
Need anything more?
At times head down
at times headless
at times on the head
get it carry it lose it
buy the bird's milk
at the devil's dairy
utter the spell of your bonfire:
I want to be white, crazy and old.

Is there a lira somewhere for a new verse?
Where to buy strings for the former currency?


(Salt on tongue, 2013, translated by Sandro Pecchiari)