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While Plato banished from the republic all poets except those glorifying gods and national heroes, Picasso used to say that art and freedom, like the Promethean fire, has to be stolen and used against the established order, because art is subversive. Somewhere in the world poets are still persecuted, or they get used as a political tool, while around us in the basements of bookstores books of poetry are sold as scrap paper or left for recycling, in the hands of machines, as an unnecessary extravagance of human imagination at the time of galloping propaganda, which prefers gathering identical echoes rather than tolerating a dialog. 147 killed Kenyan students fade away quickly while the millions that marched when the established order in their backyards got gravely threatened disregard now the fate of thousand refugees who in the last three years got shipwrecked on the reef of EU policy towards the refugees and drowned in the waters of the Mediterranean. Poetry is an intimate dialogue with the reader or listener, without which it does not exist. Bringing poetry to everyday life by reading, translating or organizing poetry events thus becomes an act of subversion. What creative endeavors keep poetry alive today? What is subversive in the poetry of our days?

Tomica Bajsić

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