Anna Nimm is a pen name, an anonymous literary double. Sometimes we all feel an itch to talk about our names and accomplishments, and to hoard recognition from others. Letting go of this itch has been especially difficult for me … and liberating.
I was born somewhere in the Balkans and grew up in North America. After many years as an intellectual, I realized academia wasn’t for me, and ran away to Europe, where I spent many more years trying to perfect becoming an activist and being disappointed by it. Because unless you find your own center and learn to live with joy and generosity rather than out of a sense of lack, any attempt to coerce the world into changing are doomed to failure. And misery.
I’m a philosopher, but more by a calling to ask uncomfortable questions and to turn my world upside down, than by profession. And I am a poet, but probably not in the sense most people have of that word. Some of my poetry has come in the form of films and texts, but I believe the most exquisite poetry is the kind made in life: on the streets, lost in a forest, or reveling in the company of others.
My best thoughts are inspired by experience and flow through me rather than out of a pile of accumulated knowledge. I share them freely and am grateful if they become contagious and can inspire others in turn. And if they do, names and labels are irrelevant.