Published in 1977 by Obzorje in Slovenia, it was not until 2021 that one of the most important collections of poetry by the poet, essayist and translator Vinko Ošlak, titled Seismograph of Senses, was translated into Croatian. The collection is divided into nine chapters: Homeland Sketches, Morning, Horses, Visits to Tisnikar, Pollution of the Earth, Waste, Pollution of Reason, Pollution of the Cross, and Pollution of the Heart. With short poems written in short verse, the poet presents a critique of the modern world and the relationship between nature and man, which, for example, can be seen in the following verses: “The flower asks: / – What is concrete? / The crow answers: / – It is a gray stubborn substance, / which hardens man’s desires / in the mould / of poisoned times.” Special emphasis is placed on the technology, ie its critique, which is reflected in the choice of motifs: “machine”, “springs”, “steel”, “concrete mixer”, “electric current”, “iron”, “nails”, “chains”, “oxidation”, etc. The collection starts with predominantly dominant motifs of nature and moves towards the increasingly gloomy ones, as the titles of the chapters themselves suggest. The collection is permeated with Christian and biblical motifs, and the entire collection is dominated by the motif of blood, but also by the motif of light. Thus, the ambivalence between the nature symbolized by light and the man who suffers because of his own actions, that is, the historical moment in which he finds himself, is emphasized. Pessimistic views of the world are manifested in the verses: “Murder: / the idea of the world…”, “We looked too much at the ceiling / and did not see / how our feet / wandered more and more.”, “Around the corners / lie rotten words, which people in a hurry / carelessly uttered.” etc. Furthermore, the author, as can be seen from his biography, who due to the political and economic situation migrated from Slovenia to Austria, takes a critical stance toward socialism and its consequences. The author shows disharmony in post-industrial society by merging seemingly incompatible terms and phrases, eg “iron apple”, “gilded frame of tucked in freedom”, “Elderberry flower / is the letter of the world”, “Grave and cypress / are the measures of everything:”, “Through forests carried by an electric current”, etc. By combining abstract concepts with concrete, physical procedures, he points to contradictions, for example: “Superficial greeting / crawls in the slime.” The very title of the collection Seismograph of Senses speaks of the depth of sensibility and feelings that arise when reading this poetry. The author tries to make the reader aware of the change that modernity has brought, which is taken for granted, without thinking. This collection is a reminder of the possibility and need of man’s return to nature itself.