You are not a Genius, you have a Genius

by - Sunday, May 21, 2017

As found in Volume 1, Issue 4

You are not a Genius, you have a Genius by Zlatko Stipic

It was the night I visited the great poet, hiding in her closet until she came home. I watched her enter the room, opening a small door that resembled damp and rotting wood more than it did an entranceway for a great and rich woman.

I knew she was rich. I stalked her for years prior to choosing her. She proved herself worthy time and time again. As she entered her peculiar room, I noticed she looked even smaller and skinnier up close than she did from a safe distance of concealment.

I could see her bony fingers turning the bronzed doorknob as she closed the door behind her, clicking the lock into position. She still piqued the same amount of curiosity within me as she did that rainy night when I first saw her dashing across the cobblestoned street toward her horse-drawn carriage.

As I stared longingly at her striding across the room, the same fire ignited and grew, as it did every time she came home.

She sat at her small wooden table, pulled out her paper, and placed her key in the drawer.

I cannot abandon her now, I thought. She’s about to begin. She’s about to show me her riches...


ZLATKO STIPIC was born in the Mediterranean coastal city of Split, Croatia. He immigrated to Canada as a young boy, and at the perfect age to absorb another mother tongue. He speaks several languages fluently. After starring in serveral plays, Zlatko decided to pursue a higher education that would one day feed into his deep passion for writing. A native of Ontario, he graduated from the University of Toronto as a double major, and with honours. He intensely studied under some of the most inpirational English literature professors who call Canada home. After extensively travelling the world and teaching English abroad, Zlatko headed right back to Canada to train with some of Canada’s top writers and acting coaches alike. He has been on fire ever since, creating a curriculum for his current educational institution that blends the elements of learning English as a second language, critical thinking, and film together. Zlatko procrastinates on his writing by teaching, acting, and further developing curricula that showcase and elevate the beauty of the English language. A perfectionist in his craft, and meticulous and painstaking in his preparation.

Blank Spaces - June 2017
44 pages, published 5/22/2017
Volume 1, Issue 4 of Blank Spaces is a celebration of Canadian talent, featuring the work of artists—writers, painters, photographers, poets, etc.

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