On the State Gallows
- Modern Georgian Poetry
Irakli Kakabadze’s new collection of poems is extremely up-to-date possibly because they reveal a person deeply concerned and frustrated to the extent that his heartbeat can be heard loud and clearly. He is troubled that most hearts today have turned into stone, empty of feelings and emotions.
Going to the state gallows is a metaphoric expression of the author’s disagreement and unacceptance of the ruling system and its way of life dictated to the society. One might be easily tempted to say bitter words such as: ‘Empty and deprived, full of silence, icy silence’, or ‘Where can I find you, homeland? Are you reflected more in landscapes, songs or people?’