Vasko Popa born June 29, 1922, Grebenac, Serbia, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes [later Yugoslavia]
died Jan. 5, 1991, Belgrade, Yugo.
Serbian poet who wrote in a succinct modernist style that owed more to French surrealism and Serbian folk traditions than to the Socialist Realism that dominated Eastern European literature after World War II.
Popa fought with a partisan group during World War II and then studied in Vienna and Bucharest before completing his education at the University of Belgrade (1949). He took a job as an editor in Belgrade, and in 1953 he published his first major verse collection, Kora (â€œBarkâ€). His other important work included Nepocin-polje (1956; â€œField of No Restâ€), Sporedno nebo (1968; â€œSecondary Heavenâ€), Uspravna zemlja (1972; Earth Erect), Vucja so (1975; â€œWolf's Saltâ€), and Od zlata jabuka (1958; The Golden Apple), an anthology of Serbian folk literature. His Collected Poems, 1943â€“76, a compilation in English translation, appeared in 1978, with an introduction by the British poet Ted Hughes.
Biography from: britannica.com