Ranko Pavlović (1943) is a writer, poet, essayist, literary critic and playwright. He writes for children and adults. His poems and short stories were translated into Italian, Polish, Hungarian, English, Romanian, German, Dutch and other languages. He has published seventeen collections of poems (Bones and Shadows, Core, Hunting, The Powder of a Poet, Monk Sonnets, Between Two Blanks …), sixteen collections of short stories, five novels, two collection of essays, a book of literary criticism and ten radio dramas for adults, eighteen collections of short stories for children, six collections of poems for the youngest, a novel for young people, a dozen texts for children’s theaters and about twenty radio plays for children. He has won many awards. He received The Ivo Andric Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He recently received The Gordana Todorovic Award for the best manuscript.
He lives and works in Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
We hunted grasshoppers and butterflies,
Just to have enough play in the meadow …
… then we hunted rabbits and roebucks,
Just to gorge ourselves and to survive,
Then we hunted foxes and wolves,
to stop them hunting our rabbits and roebucks,
then we hunted other hunters,
to stop them hunting our quarry…
… so we started to hunt ourselves,
for he who once starts hunting – never stops.
Translated by: Svetlana Pavlovic