Jeton Kelmendi

Jeton Kelmendi (born 1978 in Peć, SFR Yugoslavia) is an Albanian journalist, poet, translator and political analyst.

          Kelmendi has written poetry, prose, essays and short stories. Kelmendi is also a regular newspaper contributor in Albania and abroad, where he writes about international cultural and political issues. Jeton Kelmendi became well known in Kosovo, after the publication of his first book entitled: The Century of Promises (Shekulli i premtimeve), published in 1999. Later he published a number of other books. His poems are translated in more than twenty two languages and published in a few international Literature Anthologies. He is one of the most translated Albanian Poets. According to a number of literary critics, Kelmendi is the genuine representative of modern Albanian poetry. Jeton Kelmendi is considered by the great Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare –nominated for several years for the Nobel prize.  Jeton Kelmendi has some poems dedicated to important Albanian personalities
as Mother Teresa (Living Beyond Herself) and Ibrahim Rugova(The Winter Of Great Despair).

   He is a member of many international poetry clubs and is a contributor in many literary and cultural magazine, especially in English, French and Romanian Languages. The wisdom of his work in the field of Literature is based in the attention that he pays to the poetic expression, modern exploration of the text and the delpth of the message. His Gengre is focused more on love lyrics and elliptical verse intertwined with metaphors and artistical symbolism. Kelmendi is a veteran of the Kosovo war led by
the Kosovo Liberation Army, 1998-1999. He resides and works in Brussels, Belgium.

Me And The Word Kissing On The Lips

© Jeton Kelmendi

Albania - Belgium

With the view of the day you attacked in me

With only you I just confronted you
In the lap of my age I always wait
With my lips I kiss the word on hers
We see each other in our eyes

My flower

The aroma of my taste
A day filled with nature
Just like your curly hair

Like your lips

Like the moon
That whitens the night

A bulb of the season

My flower
My Spring

Your Face With Golden Eyes Is Appearing

© Jeton Kelmendi

Today autumn can get full with the night

The moon fell in the window

The best

I will write for you

Maybe you are asleep

My best lady friend

Before you reached

Ten and ten
I sing for the verse

The word has plenty of night

The clock

Passed midnight

The sky descended on verses

And in the sparseness of the stars
Your face is appearing
With Golden Eyes

Just like in ancient times

“From that ridge I threw my eyes to you”.

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