Different, Prettier

Different, Prettier


Whenever I sense your infidelity

I go to the mirror

And comb my hair differently, prettier.

I outline my lips with a flesh-colored pencil

And wet them with gloss,

To see how big and juicy they can be.

Then I pretend I am different, more resolute and strong.

I get ready for the life after you, every time

I sense your infidelity.

Drugačije, ljepše
Kad slutim tvoju nevjeru

Odlazim pred ogledalo
I začešljam kosu drugačije, ljepše.
Obrubim usne olovkom boje mesa
I navlažim ih Labelom,
Da vidim koliko velike i sočne mogu biti.
Onda se pravim drugačija, odlučnija i jača.

Pripremam se za život poslije tebe svaki put

Kad slutim tvoju nevjeru.


Translated from Croatian by Jana Vasilj-Begovic

Karmela Špoljarić

Born in 1967 in  Zagreb. Graduated from the School of Aplied Arts and Design. Graduated from the School of Philology,  Major for Croatian Studies and Southern Slavic Philology, Zagreb. Completed post-graduate studies in literature. Writes literary fiction and plays. Publishes short stories on radio and in literary journals. Received the "Marin Držić“ award from the Croatian Ministry of Culture for her young adult play, "Zero Kunas per Minute" (2011). In May 2013, she published her novel "This Is Not Twin Peaks“, for which she received the "Slavić" award from the Association of Croatian Writers (2014). In November 2013, she published a collection of short stories under the title, "Be Careful What You Wish For", and in September 2014 her second novel "Major Tom". Both novels were short-listed by the Ministry of Culture for the best works of fiction list for 2013 and 2014 and given a special monetary award.In addition to writing, the writer leads and develops various author projects, such as  the distance creative writing workshop, "How to Start"  and  "Fairytale-ing" –a travelling workshop of fairytale writing.She also developed the concept behind the "Story Exhibition", a Croatian travelling textual-visual project.

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