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Damir Damir

Damir Damir

Born: November 06 1977 in Kotor, Yugoslavia
Resides: Belgrade, Serbia
E-mail: walterartificium (at) gmail (dot) com

Damir Janjalija (aka Damir Damir) was born in today’s non-existent Yugoslavia (present day Montenegro). A sailor by profession, a poet by vocation, and a dharma bum by choice. His poems have been published in many significant contemporary haiku journals and anthologies, both in the country and abroad. He is the winner of several international haiku awards.

Awards and Other Honors: Third Place, European Quarterly Kukai, VII Edition (Autumn 2014); Honorable Mention, First kukai by Mongolian Haiku Association (2015); Highly Commended, A little haiku contest by magazine Iris (2016).

Books Published: Imprints of Dreams (Udruženje građana Trablmejker, 2012); Freedom in the Mist (Odličan Hrčak, 2013); Filigree Memories (Književna radionica Rašić, 2017).

Selected Work
spring blossoms . . .
Srebrenica fields silent
with the sky
fleeing the war 
through a hole in my shoe
autumn rain
refugee camp...
louder than thunder
an orphan's cry
the sun at the edge
of an albatross wing -
autumn equinox
between mud and cloud
wandering dream
winter window 
this lonely face hidden 
behind my breath

Credits: "spring blossoms" - Butterfly Dream 2 (2016); "refugee camp" - Modern Haiku 46.3 (Autumn 2015); "solstice" - Earth in Sunrise: A Course for English-Language Haiku Study, by Richard Gilbert and David Ostman (2017); "fleeing the war" - Haiku Novine 26 (2012); The Haiku Foundation's Per Diem Feature (April 14, 2015); "the sun at the edge" - European Quarterly Kukai, VII Edition (Autumn 2014) [Third Place]; "winter window" - A Vast Sky: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku (Tancho Press, 2015).

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