BiographyAmong younger Croatian poets, Monika Herceg, a student of physics at the University of Rijeka and a member of the editorial board of the journal Poezija (Poetry) published by the Croatian Writers Society, has received the most accolades: six awards in three years. She spent her childhood in a small village near Sisak, where her earliest memories were formed in the shadow of the War of Yugoslav Succession that took place in the 1990s, condemning her family to exile and poverty – something that would, almost three decades later, mark her debut poetry collection Početne koordinate (Initial Coordinates) from which a selection of poems is presented here.
The periodicity of life is reflected not only in the poem’s structure but also in the composition of this collection: it begins in early autumn, hibernates through the winter, wakes up in the spring, toils through the summer and finally ends by late autumn. Even though details within each poem point to her particular family, and encompass a heritage passed on from generation to generation, it is at the same time a work on the formation of personal and collective identity in the light of changing circumstances brought on by political, economic and social changes throughout the history. It is no wonder that novelist and essayist, Miljenko Jergović, calls this collection “the first and the last book of the new Croatian poetry”.
Her poems and short stories have been translated into English, French, Italian, Greek and Macedonian.
© Marina VeverecBOOKS in Croatian
Početne koordinate, Zagreb: SKUD Ivan Goran Kovačić, 2018
Lovostaj, Zagreb: Jesenski i Turk, 2019
Vrijeme prije jezika, Zagreb: Fraktura, 2020
Ciel sous tension, trans. Martina Kramer, Paris: L’Ollave, 2019
for Početne koordinate
Goran (for young poets) 2017
Kvirin (for young poets) 2018
Fran Galović Prize 2018
Slavić Award 2019
Bridges of Struga 2019
Na vrh jezika 2019
Poems of Monika Herceg
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère