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  • Oreč-Gavran, Zdenko

    Zdenko OrečZdenko Oreč-Gavran

    (1930 ̶ 2021)

    Zdenko Oreč-Gavran was born on 20 April 1930 in the town of Zvečevo, Croatia. He founded the Ludbreg Haiku Meetings (Ludbreški haiku susreti) in the town of Ludbreg, northeast of Zagreb. This gathering of haiku poets has been held every year since 1997 and is open to the public. The first Haiku zbornik - Ludbreg was published in 1998 and included materials from the 1997 gathering. Until 2003 miscellanies were published privately by Oreč-Gavran. The Miscellany was a major publication where poets were invited to contribute haiku to the annual publication, and the selected work was published in the Haiku Miscellany.

    Oreč-Gavran was also co-editor of the annual Haiku Calendar/Rokovnik and edited and published annual miscellanies of children's haiku. He was a member of the judging commissions for haiku and senryu. In 2006 he was awarded the annual Ludbreg column of haiku poets, transitional chalice for haiku poets. Besides haiku he was publishing prose, poetry and riddles in a number of journals and newspapers. He issued two collections of aphorisms and a book of puns from children's textbooks. He wrote haiku and senryu in Croatian and the Kajkavian Dialect. Zdenko Oreč died in Ludbreg in 2021.

    Awards and Other Honours:

    • Zbornik Haiku Konkurs 'AN4-2001'/Anthology Haiku competition 'AN4-2001';
    • Encouragement Award, Ito-En, International Haiku Contest (1997);
    • Second Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (1998);
    • Second Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (1999);
    • Marijan Čekolj i Marinko Španović: Otvoren put /Free Road: Antologija hrvatske haiku poezije [Croatian Haiku anthology] (Hrvatsko haiku društvo: Samobor, 1999);
    • 100 Croatian Haiku [An anthology for the Haiku Cards Game] (DHHP, Zagreb 2000);
    • Very good haiku, A-Bomb Memorial Day Haiku Meeting (2001);
    • Third Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2003);
    • Second Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2004);
    • Annual Ludbreg column of haiku poets award, Croatia, 2006;
    • Second Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition, Japan 2008;
    • Commendation, Pumpkin Festival Haiku Contest (Ivanić-Grad, Croatia, 2015).

    Haiku/Haiga Books Published:

    • Rijeke šume (Rustling Rivers), Ludbreg, 1996;
    • Školjka u pijesku (A Shell in the Sand), Ludbreg, 1998;
    • Plodovi nesanice: 1991 (Fruits of Insomnia: 1991). Ludbreg, Croatia: published privately, 1999;
    • Neprolazni susreti (Unpassable Encounters), Ludbreg, 1999;
    • 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 Oreč, and Rudi Stopar; in Croatian, Slovenian, English and Japanese, Zagreb, 2010.

    Selected works:

    ona mu okrene leđa
    na mjesečini
    obrisi brda u porastu

    she turns her back
    in the moonlight
    the mountain contour expands

    (Encouragement Award, Ito-En, International Haiku Contest, Tokyo, Japan, 1997)

    ljetni pljusak
    pod stablo padaju cvjetovi
    na suho

    summer downpour
    under the tree-crown the blossoms
    falling into dry

    (Second Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition, Japan, 2008)

    dostavno vozilo
    radi u snijegu ̶
    miris kruha

    a delivery van
    working in the snow ̶
    the smell of bread

    (Second Prize, the International Kusamakura Haiku Competition, Japan, 1999)

    TV-sapunicama
    ispiru sjećanja
    na prljavi rat

    with TV serials
    they are rinsing our memories
    of the dirty war

    (Awarded (very good haiku) at the 35th A-Bomb Memorial Day Haiku Meeting, Kyoto, Japan, 2001)

    sjemenke suncokreta
    padaju
    u svoju sjenu

    sunflower seeds
    falling into
    their own shadows

    (Otvoren put/Free Road, An Anthology of Croatian Haiku Poetry, Croatian Haiku Society, Samobor, 1999. (Edited by Marijan Čekolj and Marinko Španović)

    zvonki udarac
    grane o krov auta
    ispraznio kafić

    resonant sound ̶
    a bough on the car roof
    emptied the pub

    (Haiku No. 21/22, The Assocication of Croatian Haiku Poets, Zagreb, 2004 (Edited by. D. V. Rožić)

    priđoh prozoru
    da pobrojim ptice
    one odlijeću

    I come to the window
    to count the birds
    they fly away

    (Ludbreški haiku zbornik/Ludbreg Haiku Miscellany, Croatia, 2015)

    ona miluje
    svoj mobitel a dečki
    čekaju rundu

    she is cuddling
    her mobile phone ̶ the boys
    ordered another round

    (Third Prize, „Afrodita“ erotic haiku/senryu contest, Ludbreg, Croatia, 2015 (Founded by Mirko Varga)

    crna trepavica
    na praznom papiru ̶
    otvorena zagrada

    a black eyelash
    on a blank paper ̶
    an open bracket

    (IRIS No. 15, 2021, Ivanić-Grad, Croatia), Haiku translated by D. V. Rožić

    Sources:

    https://www.magicus.info/alternativci-i-korisnici/preporuci-knjigu-tehniku-alternativca/zdenko-orec
    https://czkidn.hr/results-of-a-raven-haiku-contest-rezultati-haiku-natjecaja-na-temu-gavran/
    http://dominikanac.blogspot.com/2020/11/u-spomen-36-zdenko-orec.html
    https://haikupedia.org/article-haikupedia/haiku-in-croatia/
    https://thehaikufoundation.org/poet-details/?IDclient=152

    IRIS International, Year 7th, No.7, 2021, Ivanić-Grad, Croatia

    This profile was created in collaboration with Djurdja Vukelić-Rožić and Stjepan Rožić, who took the photograph. We appreciate their invaluable help in preparing Zdenko Oreč’s biography.