Kastel's poetic cruise in the Mediterranean

The poetry book "I will give you a wind rose" by Boris Jovanović promoted as part of the Nikšić cultural scene

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From the promotion of Boris Jovanović Kastel, Photo: Svetlana Mandić
From the promotion of Boris Jovanović Kastel, Photo: Svetlana Mandić
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He does not write poetry, but cruises in the inner seas of the Mediterranean, listens to its waves, and transmits what the Mediterranean tells, tells, and gives. His writing is the writing of a single book - a book about the Mediterranean, the sea of ​​seas, the mother of the world, as he says, but also a symbol of human freedom. For this reason, he has been inextricably linked to the Mediterranean for more than three decades, and it seems to him that the sea has chosen him to be its speaker. He happily accepted the invitation, and so, for 30 years, he has been sailing the soul of the Mediterranean and writing. He is a famous Montenegrin poet Boris Jovanović Kastel explained the connection with the Mediterranean, "a civilizational phenomenon that speaks a billion languages", and his poetry.

The book, "I will present you with a wind rose", which was promoted in Nikšić, organized by the National Library "Njegoš", is, according to Kastel, only one pebble in the "endless, timeless and abysmal mosaic of the Mediterranean".

"In this poetry, there is an endless struggle of man with himself and with the epics that are in front of him. The Mediterranean is an eternal wave that tries to erase everything in man and to motivate us to dive deeply into the infinity of the Mediterranean, into our freedom, by reading this poetry, which is often written in ink. "My poetry, through these thirty collections, aspires to be a lexicon of inland seas whose depths are deeper than the deepest possible waters in the Mediterranean," said Jovanović.

The songs themselves lead him, and he follows them, abandoning himself to them and the inland seas, sure that he will not run aground anywhere and that his sailing ship will not sink, because the Mediterranean is endless.

"Perhaps I am not even a poet, but only a translator of the speech of the sea, the speech of bell towers, compasses and whirlpools, but that language needs to be understood and deciphered, and that is why this poetry is a lexicon of the inner seas".

According to the poet, the Mediterranean is a style of living, thinking, human destiny and freedom. Its archipelagos are our souls, its shores are our history, and its ruins are our life.

"We can simply call the Mediterranean the blue museum of our lives", said the poet whose poetry sails for the infinity of the human spirit and soul.

In his poetry, the Mediterranean is a boiling blood stream, and each of his collections, including the last one, "I will give you a wind rose", can, as he said, speak for him, because everything he has and would have to say is in verses. His poetry determined the Mediterranean of intimacy and the Mediterranean of consciousness.

As he said, his poetics is non-adherence to any dogma, because the Mediterranean is the last barricade of defense of a free man against "consumerism, that is, civilization, globalization in that one negative context".

The book, which was promoted in Nikšić, gave itself its title, as he said, and although the wind rose is a compass, his poetry does not need a compass, an anchor and the sides of the world, because only the soul is needed to cruise the inland sea.

As he pointed out, the Mediterranean will always be an unsaid topic until the end, because sailing the "sea of ​​seas" is not "plowing the sea, but endless diving" and the deeper the poet dives, he discovers more and more "antique amphorae in which our erythrocytes, our fate".

"And since the Mediterranean is a sea of ​​seas, a civilization of civilizations, the search for the Mediterranean is eternal, just as the need for oneself is eternal," said Kastel.

He led the conversation with the poet of the Mediterranean Darko Nikolic, who pointed out that Kastel is considered the most important Montenegrin poet of Mediterranean orientation, but also more widely, and that in addition to his poetry, which has been translated into numerous European and world languages, his books of essays are also significant. According to Nikolić, sailing through Kastel's "poetry collections and the abundance of verses in them unequivocally speaks of eternal research, new discovery, self-willed wandering, but always and inevitably about returning to the most beloved shores, similar to Odysseus' return to Ithaca".

Verses of a poet whose poetry, according to Nikolić, sends messages of hope and emerges as a beacon in the general chaos and eclipse of all value postulates, the professor spoke in a special and suggestive way Sandra Đukanović.

The evening was organized as part of the June repertoire of the Nikšić cultural scene.

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