A complimentary word to anger 0

Kamilė Šopytė
www.kamane.lt, 2016-05-31

In brief: Reading Sigitas Geda's diaries Blossoming Potato Dreams (Žydinčių bulvių sapnai, Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2015) might cause some confusion. Author is a well-known and recognized poet, but perhaps it would not be too bold to suggest that his diaries will irritate many, leaving and unpleasant impression. S. Geda does not evade a strong or vulgar saying, nor a fierce assessment.

Rimantas Kmita suggests to interpret anger in S. Geda's work like it was perceived in the Ancient Greek culture. P. Sloterdijk describes it like that, "Anger is a huge external and autonomous energy that pervades a person and is only partially controlled." And such energies, the owner of which is not a man himself, the energies that invade a person in a Hellenic culture were considered as gifts and graces from a higher world.

Anger could only be a destructive, and perhaps a futile force, but that Ancient Greek-like anger of S. Geda is different - it is a part of instituting, one of the bubbling springs. A new world vision is born out of anger. That new world, of course, is poetry. Anger boils breaking through the throat and you either choke or, paraphrasing one poem by Aidas Marčėnas, spit it out and write it down as fairly as possible.

S. Geda's work always surprised with its originality, energy and creativity. His works are not simply well-written, they are often just unexpected. Metaphor is so confused that it is unclear whether it is a very original vision of the world or the author really creates a new one, of his own, with the new set of rules and driven by anger.

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