AFTER SIXTEEN YEARS TOMISLAV ZAJEC APPEARS WITH A NEW COLLECTION OF POETRY, WHICH PRESENTS A VERY PERSONAL AUTHOR’S RETURN INTO THE REALMS OF CHILDHOOD, PAINTED WITH TWO KINDS OF OPPOSITE EMBLEMS; THOSE OF SOCIAL REALISM AND CATHOLICISM.
Dramatist, prose writer and poet Tomislav Zajec in his new poetic writing imposes a strong conceptual framework which subjects the position of an individual poem to the entirety of the work – it is a poetry book instead of a collection. Even when it concerns time or space in which we have not lived, the sprained narration of Zajec’s poems sends semantic and emotional signals which we recognize as our own. Catholic guilt is a deeply intimate poetic testimony and at the same time unobtrusive, ‘clean’ style of equable writing.
Ni med cvetjem ni pravice … (There is no justice even among flowers …) – was affirmed by Krleža long time ago in his poetically immortal Ballads of Petrica Kerempuh. This did not stop Krleža to raise his voice relentlessly against injustice, and in a utopic way seek the last remains of justice. I do not overact, I am sure that Tomislav Zajec managed to do a similar endeavor by his new collection of poems Catholic guilt. Anyhow, in Zajec’s work there is no lack of Don Quixote type of faith that good will once shine through and the evil will perish. No matter how many of us is left to be able to witness that happen.
Davor Špišić, Globus