Mediantrop broj 13

Instead of a Foreword – 9

Mediantrop No. 9 – "A Refrigerator Truck Dripping..."


No, no one has written a poem
A refrigerator truck full of murdered Albanians
Clanking for hundreds of kilometers
In broad daylight and at midnight
Among buses and ambulances
No, no one has written
Dumped into a refrigerator truck
Shut in the Danube
Plunged to the bottom
No, no one has written a poem
The refrigerator truck hauled out of water
Dripping, dripping, dripping
Drops of human mucus
And concealed crime
Dripping, dripping, dripping
In a televised scene a mobile screaming
Beating on your pulse mercilessly
Drops dripping hopelessly from the refrigerator truck and you can't
But write
A verse at least
It doesn't help to mention Vukovar, Sarajevo, Srebrenica
The people in the Danube refrigerator truck ascend to your body
And shake in drops spluttering
Into your face
Into your face
Expecting no more
Than a public mention

January 30, 2015

Zorica Jevremović MunitićZorica Jevremović MunitićThe beginning of the Editorial for No. 9... No, this is not a manual for the innocent. This is a poem. To write the Editorial for No. 9, yes, but first of all for those who know the power of the culture of memory and who will not be surprised to see a new poem of mine in the Editorial of Mediantrop. From now on, every editorial will feature one of my poems.

That the Editorial should start with a poem whose subject is the memory of gruesome TV scenes was indirectly prompted by Nikola Strašek's two texts – „Nemam ništa osim riječi" [I have nothing but the words] and „Zašto čitam, zašto pišem" [Why I read, why I write]. By his sensibility, perception of the world and critical approach Nikola Strašek is Ranko Munitić's successor in the Zagreb milieu... That we are turning towards South East Europe is attested by Zoran Stefanović's text on the Bulgarian comic strip and Marija Nenadić's doctoral thesis, defended at Bucharest, on the Romanian and Serbian avant-garde between the two world wars. And it seems likely that Mediantrop will become a prestigious regional cultural magazine. The texts on Slovenian film, on the work of Franci Slak, penned by his daughter Hana, confirm the care for the personal as political and culturological. No less intriguing for the region are the two texts on the events in the Belgrade movie theater Zvezda. Hana Selimović explains it all. Milena Dragićević Šešić's review of Sezgin Boynik's defense of his doctoral thesis at Helsinki represents a culturological memory of a dissertation committee member as well as a testimony about the candidate for the degree. With Dubravka Stojanović, we begin to print excerpts from books by Belgrade female historians, who are insufficiently known in the region but are extremely important for this part of the world.

Among the thirty-odd texts in this issue it is almost impossible to single out those that deserve to be mentioned rather than others – Radivoj Cvetićanin on Radomir Konstantinović and Beckett; Ana Kotevska on the radiophonic creations of Ivana Stefanović; a visual essay by Ivanka Apostolova on humor in the visual arts of contemporary Macedonia; Sinan Gudžević's three texts borrowed from the portal of Zagreb-based Novosti, published by the Serb National Council; Boris Dežulović's text in the Slobodna Dalmacija on the crime at Štrpci; Miroslav Karić on Serbian visual artists' visit to Canada; Varja Đukić has sent in from Podgorica her text on the theater without frontiers; we reprint Jasmina Kapetanović's text on the siege of Sarajevo, specially written for Mediantrop, hoping that the newly introduced comment box will encourage our readers to post their opinions; Milan Vlajčić is represented by five of his texts...

Last but not least, we would like to draw your attention to Ana Isaković's computer aesthetics. Have a look at her design of the advert for Zlatko Paković's performance of „Ibzenov Neprijatelj naroda kao Brehtov poućni komad" [Ibzens The enemy of the people as a morality play by Brecht] at the center for Cultural Decontamination.

Zorica Jevremović Munitić