Meeting the word
Meeting the word

The presentation of the book, which the poet and translator Marián Šidlík had published under the title “Just to Live Here” by the Pectus publishing house, took place in the Quo Vadis house in the centre of Bratislava. This is his fifth collection of verses. The radio announcer with many years of experience took a timeless attitude to the whole event; he perceived it as a special meeting with the word. The event was presented by a young musician and singer Kristína Prekopová who devotes herself to TV presentations, dubbing, audiobook recordings and occasionally to dramatic art. She writes and sings her own songs, especially chanson and jazz. She played and sang her three songs on a piano from her most recent album “The Dawn”. The interview with the author of the collection took place in an intimate atmosphere. The audience had a chance to learn something about his birthplace, old-time Trnava and about what moulded the author artistically and when he started out...

The discussion evolved gradually into more topics, spoken and written word as well as secular and spiritual poetry were intermingled. The author paid considerable attention to poetry translations and even mythology which captivated him already in his youth (“words have flavours, colours and scents”) and which undeniably helps him to understand poetic work more deeply. He calls his own one a lyrical impression. He strives to capture a momentary ephemeral percept, sensation or impression in various forms. Finally, Marián Šidlík brought to life his collection of poems during a pleasant meeting and the christening took place with rose petals. The author explained their colours as follows: red – desire, yellow – dreams, white – spiritual dimension.