Lives Journal 11

Ivo Antich

 

(H)ISTER

(Two triptychs)

 

FIRE OF PUMAS

(Triptych)

 

PUMA OF MIND

 

In the black jungle silver animal. In the

silver jungle black animal. Puma-gum,

jump and rage. It crashes a wood,

intersects a neck. Flicks into the stuff, opens a shaft.

Inculcates a flash, inserts a day, incuses a palm.

Palm-tree: bleak plain. Thought, swish. Steely

shining through. Plate between teeth. Rotten stone,

the smell of wine, foamy squirt, outflow

of suffering, snaky flying-up to the visibility,

vulture in a sunny dog, ​​which yelps: »I hope!«

 

 

 

SWEET FRUITS OF WAR

 

In the great war he slaughtered many

beings that are half man, half puma.

Then rewards: fame, richness,

power. But a killer always

becomes similar to person killed. The man

was possessed of fear: »What if they smell

a puma inside me?« He became a harbinger

of peace and love. He killed his brother

when that said to him: »What

a peace? All your essence is a gift of war!«

 

 

 

HOLOCAUST

 

Meadow behind the church, forest

behind the meadow. In the church never anyone,

yet sometimes it rings. In conflagration,

a karst meadow smells of pumas scent:

falling shag mowed by the trident.

Also the forest is the meadow, only the blades

are greater. Byblos, papyrus, a book

of grass. Liber, wine of freedom.

The grass sings when it dies. The sea murmurs

in it. Door of grasses, of stove. The fire-gift.

 

 

 

HISTRION'S GUM OF MIND

(Triptych)

 

UMAG

(White bauxite)

 

Up, animus! Forward, down! Into self, out!

In the Dragon River twopupils-eye:

nightmarish white ship pushes through

black dough sprinkled with goat

raisins which are cone-shaped. The circle

devours it, that cake of gum. The gum

devours itself, it is hard as concrete:

white wave bends itself under the black

sky, this guillotine lifts and dropps,

the pineal gland of contact is off.

 

 

GUM

(Black bauxite)

 

Down, anima! Back, up! Out, into self!

In the Dragon River twopupils-eye:

nightmarish black ship pushes through

white dough sprinkled with goat

raisins which are pituitary. The circle

devours it, that cake of gum. The gum

devours itself, it is hard as concrete:

black wave bends itself under the white

sky, this guillotine lifts and dropps,

the crises of hypophysis are off.

 

 

MAGUS

(Red bauxite)

 

Trias, Istria, satyr! Terra rossa,

fossils of stegocephalia, conspiracy

of stars, coins, shells. Fire of complexion.

Numberless purulent forms, hysterical

dance of whip in the coffee of blood, twinking

through the spiral gum riveted

in a concrete block of bora-wind. Light of silence

hews a speech into the apex, infectious seed

from the head goes into the pen, paper wakes

escudos of hope. You are a magus, a mole of sanskrit!

 

 

 

 

Hister / Ister (Greek: Istros) – the ancient name of the Danube (Hölderlin: the song Der Ister), argonautic »union« between the Black Sea and Istria; histrion from Latin histrio (from Etruscan) – actor, pantomime dancer (the first actors in Rome were Etruscans, frequently freed slaves); cf. Greek hystéra – matrix, uterus; the Danube was also named (in Thracian? Scythian?) Mataos (mother) or Matoas (bringer of luck); Histri – a tribe of Illyrians, after it n. Istria, Latin Histria (according to Pliny, some Illyrians had a killer view: »two iris in each eye«; according to some sources, even cannibals); cf. cave Isturitz (Basque toponym, SW France), exceptional location of Paleolithic (wall paintings, flutes of bones, etc.).

(Note by a.)

 

 

Translated from Slovenian by author

 

 

 

Slovenian (gajica)

Slovenian (bohorichica)