The anthology The Voice in the Body presents the poetic voices of three established Slovene female poets – Meta Kušar, Maja Vidmar and Erika Vouk.
Facing the tumults of life and love, Meta Kušar draws on her pride to hold ground. By remaining accustomed to royal fabrics even in a barbarian’s world, by dismissing trifles with sophisticated gestures, she resists the dulling impact of stark reality. Her attitude is contrasted by the fragile certainty of existence maintained by Erika Vouk in her poignant confrontations with death. The trio, a chorus of voices crystallizing into an authentic reflection of the Slovene cultural milieu, is completed by Maja Vidmar. With the courage of an Amazon she sets out to shatter the universal standard, the ‘everycouple’ compelled to enact its drama trapped in a bell jar.
Three facets of poetic writing, three women’s faces, but also, and perhaps above all, three distinct breaths subject to form to manifest word. “The three, each etched by different experiences and steeped in their own style, come together by that ancient theme common to literatures of all ages: the song of love, veiled, in this case, in solitude. Perhaps, it is the solitude of withdrawal, like that of Erika Vouk; solitude as the choice of spiritual freedom, as in Meta Kušar’s echoes; or the anxiety-inducing solitude within a relationship, such as ripples in Maja Vidmar’s poetic mirror. Different solitudes of that contradictory being, woman, that convey the unease of our time – a lack of hearing and listening, an essential quality these sonorous carvings seek to restore”, points out Barbara Pogačnik in her preface to the book.
Edited by: Barbara Pogačnik
Afterword: Stanka Chrobákova Repar
Essay by: Barbara Pogačnik
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