Bonfire by The River
- Modern Georgian Poetry
Bonfire by The River is Zviad Ratiani’s Seventh collection of poetry. He is a very bold poet in form and content, not afraid to experiment with well established Georgian poetic forms and, using traditional forms, always seeking his own new way of writing. It should be underlined that Zviad Ratiani is very familiar with English poetry and often applies poetic means that seem very interesting for fusing with Georgian language. He is a master of enjambement, he freely lets a sentence run over from one poetic line to the next, and thus emphasises certain words, phrases and expressions of speech. Often for Ratiani the main point is the whole image, what he wants to depict with his words and not the word itself and therefore his verses always give readers’ imagination an opportunity to reinterpret them. Zviad Ratiani is a poet who has always successfully written poetry that follows convention as well as free verse.
„Zviad always walked a tightrope, on the boundary of conventional and free verse. In the collection Only You are Allowed we finally see Zviad Ratiani freed. I can say without reservation that Zviad Ratiani has amazing talent to create a personalised intimate world around him and, naturally, he is one of the person to whom we can link the renewal of Georgian poetry, who has brought a new word; I feel that this book will be the start of something new." (Paata Shamugia, poet)