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Mujë Buçpapaj

Mujë Buçpapaj

If you know what it feels like to be home, Mujë Buçpapaj’s The Invisible Victory will break your heart. It is a beautiful, intimate portrait of a people and a landscape torn by war—and of the scars that remain. Buçpapaj becomes the haunting voice of multitudes, both living and dead, who experienced the war in Kosovo, and he focuses on the connection between the men, women and children and their homeland. The poems that constitute The Invisible Victory are the jagged, glittering fragments of the poet’s heart lying raw and scattered between nations. The human spirit is what unifies the poems—the longing for home as it once was and for people who are now lost—and the utter sadness in knowing it is only a memory. The brokenness reflects the hearts of the poet’s brothers and sisters—of friends, families, enemies, and what is human in each of us. All suffered together; they were and are unified in their pain, and pain and brokenness are part of what unifies The Invisible Victory.


Field of solitude remaining

Ripe corn

Sprouting from children’s hands

Sun falling in marsh

Writing in vapour

Blowing wind

The girl giving in

In tall grass

Shrouded only by shadow

Love coming

From begging

Unspoken victories

Do not exist

But Harvesting

Is in forgetting waters


Not enough

For Men

For Men

To do good


Colour of Northern storm

River winds portrait

Into standing trees

Man built

The other side of life and river

Between rain and field

But wind will have its say

Village’s messages

Distant mountains

Receiving flying bird

From marshes

Dreams fleeing

Village’s sad face

Losing forever the way


To the trembling of the Populars

Season of my home

Winds winding reminding

We are found again

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