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Blesok no. 103-104December, 2015
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ON THE OCCASION OF ONE QUITE PECULIAR ANTHOLOGY

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Lidija Kapuševska-Drakulevska

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ON THE OCCASION OF ONE QUITE PECULIAR ANTHOLOGY

  Translated by: Ana Marija Karadjovska.

  (“Two love poems, please!”: an anthology of our favorite poems from European authors: love; concept by Zarko Kujundziski, realization by Kristina Velevska, Skopje, Antolog, 2015)
      
    “I love, therefore I am” – that would be the variation of Descartes’ famous motto, seen through the lens of the anthology “Two love poems, please!”. Julija Kristeva declares something similar in her essay “The Praise of love”, where we can read: “If it is alive, our psychic life is in love. If it is not in love, then it is dead” (Kristeva, 2011: 21) Therefore, be in love! One needs to always be in love. “So as not to feel the formidable burden of Time breaking your bones and bending you to the ground” (Бодлер, 1996: 123) , you need to constantly be in love. But with what? With poetry, music, love itself, according to your own will. But do be in love- if I shall paraphrase Baudelaire’s cult poem in prose “Be Drunk”, which seems to ne illustrative for the phenomenon of love as well.
    Love is a skill, as Fromm taught us, just as in life: “If we wish to find out how to love, (…) we have to do it just as when we wish to acquire any other skill: music, painting, carpentry, the dexterity of medicine or engineering.” However, “even beside the deeply enrooted will for love, almost everything else is considered more important than love” – continues Fromm: “Success, reputation, money, power – we waste almost all of our energy to learn how to reach these goals, and we do almost nothing to master the skill of love. Is worthy of trying considered only that with which you can earn money and reputation, and does love – which serves ‘only’ the soul, but is not useful in the modern sense of the word – represent a luxury on which one shouldn’t waste too much energy?” – asks Fromm rhetorically (Фром, 2006: 13-15).
    The anthology “Two love poems, please!” offers us the triad: poetry, love, music, as a kind of a “holy trinity” of our small, crumbling lives, because only in that way, through the mentioned “skills”, we shall be able to fulfill the yearning to fly to eternity…This is quite an unusual and in many things, specific anthology, composed by the principle of “ordering” by the






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