DARKO PLAŽANIN (1957 - 2009)


Darko Plažanin was born on 30 August 1957 in Pakrac, Croatia.  He began writing haiku in the late 70’s and has been published in many domestic and international journals and anthologies. His haiku have been translated into several languages (Japanese, English, German, French, Hungarian, Romanian, Flemish and Irish). Darko's poetry has received many national and international prizes, including the Grand prize in 1990 in Japan.  He was one of the founders of the Croatian haiku society, a member of Matica Hrvatska Samobor, and was the organizer of the Samobor Haiku Meetings (1993) - the most prominent domestic haiku event, which achieved a very successful cooperation with many prominent national and international haiku poets. Darko was also an editor of many publications, writing articles and reviews, and was involved in numerous international Haiku events. He died in 2009.

Plažanin published independent haiku collections: Murmur of the Water (1989), The Daily Path (1990) and Samobor (1995). He is also one of the authors in bilingual (Croatian/English) haiku collection Seven Ways (Zagreb, 2000) and Seven New Ways (Zagreb, 2003).

planinski put
iz neba silazi
u more

mountain road
from the sky down
to the sea


škripe kotači
noć iskri i cvili
vlak ide dalje

creaking wheels
night sparks and whines
train moves on


u slijiviku
sletamo poslije kise
puz i ja

in the plum orchard

walking after the rain
the snail and I