Poetic genius is measured, firstly, by a poet's ability to subject time to language. This is, to internally overcome time, or, to be more precise, to overcome what time does to language.
It has been very interesting to read and listen to the works of Matt Kadane. His music has an unusual blessing for the post-industrial age—it has a melody and humanity in it in a time when it is an embarrassment to show human fragility.
The postmodern world is filled with different contradictions. By 2001 it became obvious that the discourse of postmodern civilization is deeply entrenched in the so called Identity Politics that feeds different kinds of religious fundamentalism, ethnocentric nationalism, xenophobia and other social ills of our times.
There is much talk about the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Opinions are divided and some politicians even go so far to suggest calling him a ‘terrorist”. In his recent interview with Time when asked if he considered himself practicing civil disobedience, he has said that he is practicing civil obedience.
It was the year 1999. It was in hot Phoenix, Arizona, when I wrote this poem. It was a time when everybody was excited about the new age, where you could have gotten in touch with your friends on different continents through the Internet and low cost phone calls.
From the recent postmodern history we have seen that the old ways of dealing with violent conflicts through the single state power proved to be in most cases violent and tragic. In the new multi-polar world of the 21st century, accepting diversity and equality of nations becomes a more important concept.
Georgia is one of the top recipients of American aid.
George W. Bush called Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili a “Beacon of Democracy” of the new world in 2005. Saakashvili had always supported the Iraq War and all other wars and has even started his own war with Russia. George Bush was trying to help him, and Saakashvili returned a favor. He has named a street after Mr. Bush.
Irakli Kakabadze has been a leading figure in the nonviolent movement for social change in Georgia for more than two decades.
A member of the Civic Disobedience Committee in 1989 and during the Rose Revolution in 2003, he has since been harassed and detained repeatedly by authorities.
He is the author of five books and hundreds of essays in English, Georgian, and Russian. His play Candidate Jokola controversially depicted a love story between a Georgian presidential candidate and an Abkhaz woman. He is also an author of lyrics for “Postindustrial Boys,” and, together with Zurab Rtveliashvili, practices a literary performance style called Polyphonic Discourse.
He taught art and peacebuilding at Cornell University from 2008-2012 and currently teach at the Georgian-American University in Tbilisi, Georgia..