A poem from our September scholar Lincoln Jaques.
The Disappeared is a personal poem, written during my last trip to Zagreb, in October 2018. I wrote the poem after wandering one afternoon through the old part of the city. The Zagreb cathedral sits in Gornji Grad, the Upper Town, and the poem came to me after dwelling on the deeply catholic roots of Croatia, and the effects of the Patriotic War that raged in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. There is still a sense of loss that pervades in all corners of the region; the poem was my response to that loss, to all the family members who went missing during that time, and for those who wait for perhaps someday for answers, for closure. The poem is part of a wider sequence, part of which I’m working on now. It was first published in the Australian literary magazine The Blue Nib, issue #42 more»