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  • Meet Ljubiša Djidić:Some Thoughts on the Poet
  • Mirjana N. Radovanov Matarić

Ljubiša Djidić's newest book, Saint George's Lance, consists of love poems from his book Ljuvene (Mladenovac, Šumadijske metafore, 2014) as well as others inspired by Serbian history, which he treats with respect and love. "Ljuvene" means love poems, and the author's name is "Ljubiša," which means "the loved one." In poetry and prose, with each breath, the author promotes love through travelogues to different countries throughout the real world or memories of friendships. Love visits humanity through many ideas and forms, from "puppy love" and the first crush, to mature, family, platonic, friendly, patriotic, cosmic, and innumerable other loves. For Djidić love is international and universal. It is the strongest positive energy, which has no boundaries and does not die with physical death.

Ljubiša Djidić writes and publishes in Serbian. His works have been translated into English and numerous other languages. As a caring and concerned observer and philosopher, he understands human nature and the pressing, critical need to "infuse" as much love as possible into contemporary and future generations. This can be achieved through truth, beauty, and ancient wisdom; today we are "dividing" rather than peacefully "sharing" our magnificent mother Earth. In the wise words of a Serbin proverb, we are "cutting the branch on which we sit."

The ancient Greeks spoke of and sought kalokagathia—the meeting and unity of beauty and goodness. The need still exists, although one could even say that it is disappearing. Both the planet and her people are exhausted. What can save us? Only the truth and beauty that is love; positive energy that is creative, not destructive. It has been said and repeated that all we need is already in us. Ljubiša Djidić reminds us of that through his poetry and prose, travelogues, "shortened stories," and memories of the great writers and friends eternally present in our hearts. This happens not only because of their poetic talents, but even more so for their spiritual beauty, universal love, and message. The most vivid examples are found in the works of Desanka Maksimović or Isidora Sekulić, both close to Djidić's heart. [End Page 159]

Djidić's poetry, uniquely personal and spontaneous, invites us into a scene, and a dialogue, arousing introspection and emotional reaction. Seemingly playful, but seriously, he addresses a specific woman, but does not disclose anything personal about her. Although she quickly betrays him in the usual way, instead of being revengeful, he ponders about love as a phenomenon. He teaches us even through his dialogue with God, when he admits that he is not yet ready to go "as he is now." Don't we all wonder the same?

Djidić treats eternal themes in his own, personal way, although well-read readers will sense a spiritual presence of countless literati. Even the illustrations of his works are masterfully selected from the opuses of prominent classical and modern painters. One could write much about Djidić, but it is best to get to know him personally through his works. His poetry affords that opportunity, and that is why he writes. [End Page 160]

Mirjana N. Radovanov Matarić


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