Srečko Kosovel: Kalejdoskop

Srečko Kosovel
Kalejdoskop. Izbrane pesmi/Wiersze wybrane
Poems selected by: Karolina Bucka Kustec, Iztok Osojnik, Bożena Tokarz
Into Polish translated by Karolina Bucka Kustec
Foreword: prof. hab. dr. Bożena Tokarz, dr. Iztok Osojnik
Foreword by Bożena Tokarz translated into Slovene by Tatjana Jamnik
328 pp.
Published by: KUD Police Dubove & Instytut Mikołowski
Year: 2012
Edition: The Golden Boat
ISBN 978-961-92946-7-3, ISBN 978-83-60949-26-9
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Book reviews:
- Bogdan Macarol: Poljsko-slovenski Kosovel. Primorske novice, 7. 6. 2012.
- Michał Bryda: Kosmos Kosovela. Fragile, 17. 10. 2012.
- Matej Krajnc: Srečko Kosovel: Kalejdoskop. Mentor XXXIV/3 (2013). (v pripravi)

The reading in Zagorje in February 1926 shows that Kosovel the one hand, by the influenced by his friends and a deep inner sense of justice (which he expounded, reading poetry by Rabindranath Tagore), and on the other hand, due to the need to create an actual poetry, which could hit the essence of authentic, aesthetic and ethical functions of speech, examined a variety of opportunities to act as poetic words, often descending into "the poetics of the working or socially engaged," as Anton Ocvirk defined it. However, in my opinion in the workers' or socially engaged poems of Srečko Kosovel did not pierc the wall separating the inner, "from their" built from universal art, poetry, classical patterns of hierarchical representation (political party program). He was successful in that the phase that we call the constructivist avant-garde. Through constructivist poetry, he did not only join in the aesthetic and revolutionary upheaval that swept Europe after the turn of the century and strengthened during the First World War and after, and which undoubtedly meant a broad social front and outspoken social and political resistance against the "old art" and "old world ", which is the reason for direct involvement of artists in the political movements of his time, but has also created its own system and his own poetic, radical political poetry. Only the "konses" are an exceptional example of a successful political poetry, "resulting in most of herself."
(A fragment of the essay by dr. Iztok Osojnik Political Truth of  Kosovel’s Avantgarde constructivist poetry)

With this selection of poems Polish readers gets the first opportunity to meet with an outstanding personality of poetic Srečko Kosovel – a Slovenian poet, who died at age 22 in 1926. Less than 20 of his poems were published in Poland until now, of which 15 in the anthologies of Slovene poetry: two are repeated (Labodja pesem, O, saj ni smrti) –selected and edited by Marian Piechal in 1967, and in the anthology of Katarina Šalamun Biedrzycka titled Silver and moss (Mah in silver) in 1995. The presented bilingual edition was created from a desire to present works of the poet, who was not affected by the degrading power of time, although it long remained in hiding, and is still current and diverse, and can be read both historically (facts to which it relates) and from today respective, having the universal and local values, journalistic, and philosophical and ethical. The book is a result of the Slovenian-Polish cooperation. Consequently, the image of Srečko Kosovel was created in two perspectives of reading – Slovenian and Polish – in order to maintain a relative independence of the author, exposed in the translation to appropriation by the target culture, also to allow his poetry have a double life in the source culture and the target culture through the prism of different experience of place and time.
Kosovel’s phenomenon lies in the fact that, in spite of belonging to the historical avant-garde, it is close to contemporary receiver because he asked questions and had doubts about the poetry, the poet, the human condition, cultural, ethical and aesthetic values.
(From an essay by Professor Dr. Bożena Tokarz Poet in the world of things)

Srečko Kosovel (1904-1926) – a Slovenian poet, essayist and journalist, one of Slovenia's most prominent artists of the twentieth century. He studied Slavic, Romance Philology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana. His works were published in numerous magazines and literary recited at meetings. He died at age of 22 for meningitis, before he could make his debut book of Zlati čoln (The Golden Boat). Most of his work was published posthumously, the most innovative (the konses of and integrals) were not published before 1967 by editor Anton Ocvirk. Kosovel’s poems typing avant-garde trends in art, such as Constructivism, Dadaism, Futurism, and Surrealism, had a big impact on contemporary Slovenian art, and his wish that humanity give back the rank of the highest value, not fading.

Youtube - The Golden Boat Festival and Srečko Kosovel in Ljubljana (5. 6. 2012, Kud France Prešeren)

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