- Modern Georgian Poetry
Bareness Detector is Bela Chekurishvili's fifth book of poems. One of them – Wir, Die Apfelbäume (We, Apple Trees) was published in Germany in 2016 in German.
The poems in the latest anthology were written during last five years. The book consists of four parts. Each part is composed with a certain thematic mark although this division is only conditional because what they all show is the same world seen through the author's eyes and then translated into her words, world – whole and colourful.
These are stories of a modern human being who is always in shortage of time, always on a road, gazing at what's precious and valuable never actually stopping to grasp it. The dramaturgical structure of these poems has a common feature that links them together: the author outlines her point in the very beginning of the poem. Then, the emotion grows more and more intense with repetitions and variations until it reaches the desired climax and culminates into a logical (often – unexpected) ending.
Dark red is the dominant colour in this book. A lot is implied in this colour: past, family, childhood, country and people; love, thoughts and disappointment... All this is accompanied by a peculiar feeling of nostalgy – also tainted in deep red, distinct and concomitant – after all most of these poems are written when the author lived abroad.