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Zvonko Petrović

Zvonko Petrović

November 28, 1925 - April 28, 2009

Zvonko Petrović was born in Zagreb and died in Varaždin, Croatia. With Vladimir Devidé, he started the journal Haiku which was printed in Varaždin, and was its first editor in chief from 1977 through 1981. This haiku magazine was an integral part of the basis of Croatian haiku poetry and was very well evaluated by William J. Higginson in his The Haiku Handbook.

Awards and Other Honors: In 2004, Petrović received the Ludbreg Column of Haiku Poets, a yearly travelling recognition which has been awarded at Ludbreg Haiku Meetings since 2003. He was represented in numerous anthologies of haiku poetry home and abroad. He was the selector at domestic haiku contests. He took part in Croatian haiku festivals and published in journals, miscellanies and magazines for haiku. On Ito-En haiku contest in years 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994 he received high awards and a letter expressing thankfulness from the Croatian Ambassador in Tokyo for the promotion of the Republic of Croatia in the World. Some of Petrović's work was selected for inclusion in Four Seasons [Haiku Anthology Classified by Season Words in English and Japanese, edited by Koko Kato] (Ko Poetry Association, 1991). Some of his work was recently included on the Haiku Society of America's "Haiku Wall" at the Liberty Theatre Gallery in Bend, Oregon (June 3-5, 2011)

Books Published: Olovka i kist / Pencil and Paintbrush [haigas painted by Rudi Stopar (Slovenia); haiku by Zdravko Kurnik, Zvonko Petrovic, Julija Ivic, Dusko Matas, Boris Nazansky, Zdenko Orec, and Rudi Stopar; in Croatian, Slovenian, English and Japanese] (Zagreb, 2010). Before his death, Zvonko Petrović published three haiku collections: Trenuci nezaboravka [The Unforgotten Moments] (1971); Tragom vaših koraka [Tracing Your Steps] (1973); Kažiprstom u trenutak pogleda [With the Forefinger Into a Moment of a Gaze] (1987). Besides haiku, he published a satirical novel, Veliki miljenik građana /The Citizen’s Favorite/(1969); book of rengas in 1995 in co-authorship with Vladimir Devidé and Tomislav Maretić; the sonnet wreath Obgrljeni sudbinom /Embraced with the Destiny/(1998), dedicated to his late wife Marija. He also published a collection of poetry, prose and haiku, Impulsi mašte i zbilje [The Impulses of Imagination and Reality] (2002) and Usputne zabilješke - aforizmi /Casual Notes – Aphorisms/(2007). He was the author of numerous essays and book reviews.

Selected Work
scattering silence
with its wings
snowflakes fall
into the scent
of warm bread
in the forest after
a night rain.  Oh, what
a mushroom fragrance!
the remains of summer
buzzing between the pane
and the curtain
shining Harvest Moon -
do I gaze or listen
to the sounds of the crickets?
the sea ...
a boat below
the boat
a corner of the pantry
the gnats in the smell of
rotten apples
a yellow leaf fell
into a pond and cracked
the moon and the stars
a wheat ear -
a sparrow rocks itself
with its feast.
morning rime -
every pine needle

Credits: "butterfly" - 100 Croatian Haiku, An anthology for the Haiku Cards Game (DHHP, Zagreb, 2000 by Višnja McMaster); " in the forest after" - Haiku No.2 (Varaždin, summer 1977); " shining Harvest Moon" - Haiku No.2 (Varaždin, summer 1977); " a corner of the pantry" - Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Miscellany (2006); "snowflakes fall" - Knots: The Anthology of Southeastern European Haiku Poetry [edited by Dimitar Anakiev and Jim Kacian] (Prijatelj, Slovenia, 1999; distributed by Red Moon Press); "the remains of summer" - Haiku No. 15/16 (Zagreb 1999); "the sea" - The First International Ashiya Haiku Festa Award (2000); "a yellow leaf fell" - Vladimir Devidé: Antologija hrvatskoga haiku pjesništva [The Anthology of Croatia Haiku Poetry] (P.I.P.Naklada Pavičić, Zagreb 1996); "a wheat ear" - William J. Higginson: Haiku World, An International Poetry Almanac (1996, page 171); "morning rime" - William J. Higginson: Haiku World, An International Poetry Almanac (1996, page 246)

Sources Biography: We are grateful to fellow Croation poet Djurdja Vukelic Rozic for providing the poetry and other information for Zvonko Petrović.

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