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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 55 | volume X | July-August, 2007



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 55July-August, 2007

Poetry That Values Revolt

Aleš Mustar: C(o)urt Interpretations,
Literatura, Ljubljana 2005; Blesok, Skopje, 2007

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Robert Simonišek

The first collection of poems by Aleš Mustar, who previously published his work in several Slovene as well as international magazines, opens up a number of issues related to the so-called engagement in poetry and the poet’s dethronement from the laws of aesthetics. As a court interpreter, Mustar is able to perceive the present and the laws of the capitalistic world more thoroughly; as a translator, he can grasp both the internal and the external part of the language; and as a poet, he attempts to put the fundamental existential experience to paper. The verse from the poem Go West, “Real-life stories”, says it best. It can be interpreted as the author’s principal credo: he writes down stories as they happen in real life. Indeed, the material for his poetry is life itself, yet it is often lifted from the ground by the poetic process and set adrift to imaginary landscapes like a balloon on a string. In this respect, Mustar’s emergence in Slovene literary-poetic milieu is a breath of fresh air. Above all it is a multilayered starting-point that accounts for his ethical-moral-legal standing which is in part reflected in this collection. However, to expect Mustar’s collection to be a simple legal code containing articles and paragraphs, prohibitions and commands for the poets and the nation, would be in vain. Even sparser in Mustar’s poetry are traces of self-pity or an emphasis on tragic human existence. This is due to the poet’s wide angle which encompasses all the levels of human existence. Deep inside and despite his broad experience and maturity, the poet still clings to the outtake of an outcast who is the only one capable of recognizing the face of truth in the muffled game of cultural patterns and habits.
    Mustar’s poetic subject, the poet himself, faces everyday problems with bravery and energy. In his poetry, Mustar does nothing to conceal his errors of judgement and would not be caught idealising anything without a cogent reason. As a writer he is placed into the capital of Slovenia which provides an external frame for most of his poems. The actuality in which Mustar depicts fragments of his life fades away when faced with the supreme issues of successfully saving the world (in the introductory poem Depression: “Shall I turn into Super, Action or Spiderman, are you willing to become my Xena, so that together we will save the

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