The anthology of poems, ‘The Plurality of Existence in the Infinite Expanse of Space and Time’, is a collaborative art project between Clodagh Emoe and Crososmia’, a group of writers formed from refuges, asylum seekers and other disadvantaged groups of people on cultural social and political level living in Ireland.
Balbriggan man, Sinisa Koncic, originally from Croatia has recently been involved in a great project, involving artist’s lecturer, Clodagh Emoe and other members of the Writers group ‘Crocosmia’.
The group have developed a unique artwork, which manages to be both site specific and fluid in it’s description of the world and the people in it. It is a collection of poems and traditions from the people who have contributed to creating the publication.
Sinisa wrote a poem as his contribution to the book and it’s entitled ‘Sunday Lunch, Zagreb, Croatia’. He was born in Vokovar, in the former Yugoslavia and he spent most of his young years there on the Danube. He was educated in the capital city, Zagreb. After the war in Croatia in 1991, in which he lost everything, he emigrated with his wife Ariana to Canada. He returned to Europe in 2004 and has lived in Balbriggan since 2007 where he has found happiness.
His poem refers to how the community he is originally from, grew their own vegetables and traditionally his grandmother would serve soup from a beautiful white porcelain bowl. After dinner they all enjoyed chatting and their friends dropping by, all of their friends and family were welcome.
The book was launched on June 20th by Senator Alice Mary Higgins in Pearse Street Library and is unique in the history of this state. It will be available at public libraries from June 20th across the country. Some of the poems written by Sinisa Koncic can be found there.
Senator Higgins said, “These poems give insight into what it is to exist in two places simultaneously, a feeling deeply understood by many migrants.”