"As a writer I am completely independent, no force on earth can tell me what to do… . Spiritual revelations apart, poetry has been the most important thing in my life, a refuge for my inventions and fantasies. It was able to protect me, anticipate events, point the way ahead, and confirm my actions at moments of gravest doubt or indecision. It gave me the power of protest, rebellion, and revolutionary action in the contradictory world of today."
– Edvard Kocbek, “On Poetry, Freedom and Necessity”, trans. Michael Scammell and Veno Taufer