- Modern Georgian Poetry
Designer: Teona Chanishvili
Also known as Iaki Kabe, many seek him among Japanese poets, mainly thanks to his exquisite tankas and haikus. His love for mystification has affected his biography, but wherever he might be, Irakli Kakabadze is primarily a Georgian poet, not in the sense of nationality, but due to his world outlook.
The present ‘green book’ was written in Istanbul, but geography is immaterial in our case because the poems dwell on eternal problems: the desire to have a healthy connection between people and nature and the sadness at its absence. The poetry is mainly about the ecologically clean earth, similarly clean human souls, relationships and the road running between life and death.
The poems do have a lyrical hero: a contemporary man guarding his personal freedom at the border with another person’s freedom, thus defending his own rights. Such a stance is contagious because the readers are affected, unobtrusively though, with the idea that they can also become citizens of the world.