Pectus publishing house, Košice 2014

Marián Šidlík: At the Mercy or Not

The poetry cycle "At the Mercy or Not" originated in 1982-1986. Changing images and an emphasis on the stream of consciousness impose high requirements on the reader. Many paraphrases and references as well as ancient, Indian or Christian symbols rely on his/her intellectual knowledge without which their interpretation would not be possible. The focus on introspection and self-reflection draws on the Montaignean tradition, and the efforts to understand the self and the human existence. The extent to which the author succeeded in managing the risk of an unsuitable entropy is to be judged by the reader.