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Duško Trifunović

Dusko Trifunovic
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Duško Trifunović (Душко Трифуновић, born 1933 in Sijekovac village near Bosanski Brod, Vrbas Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia — died January 28, 2006 in Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro) was a Serbian poet and writer.

Born in the small village to father Vaso and illiterate mother Petra, Trifunović didn't have much formal schooling since he started working in a factory during his early teens. Working as a locksmith affixing train wagon doors, he eventually moved to Sarajevo in 1957 at the age of 24 to continue the same line of work. Parallel to his factory work he also secretly wrote poetry and once in Sarajevo finally got a chance to pursue it in earnest. He published his first book in 1958, and over the next 48 years wrote 84 poetry books, four novels and several dramas.

He also wrote over 300 song lyrics, most notably for Bijelo dugme (big hits "Šta bi dao da si na mom mjestu", "Pristao sam biću sve što hoće", and "Ima neka tajna veza", as well as others like "Glavni junak jedne knjige" and "Ništa mudro"), Indexi (hit "I pad je let"), Zdravko Čolić (hit "Glavo luda"), Vajta (hit "Zlatna ribica"), Jadranka Stojaković, Neda Ukraden and recently for Željko Joksimović ("Ima Nesto u tom sto me neces").

Trifunović also authored several children's books and created several children programmes for Television Sarajevo, the most prominent being Šta djeca znaju o zavičaju (What children know about the homeland).

Since 1992, he divided his time between Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci in Serbia, where he worked on television until retirement. He received Branko's award, City of Sarajevo 6 April Award, Federal and many other acknowledgments.

He was buried in Sremski Karlovci cemetery, where he lived for several last years of his life.