A Note from the Deck Chair
Written by: Slobodan R. Matrinović
Translated by: Mihajlo Stojković
I laid back in my deck chair. To my right – a cherry tree with its overripe fruit, which are just about to start bleeding. To my left, further below – a crippled plum tree, with dangling extremities from its yield’s weight. Above my head – a blackberry tree, still waiting for their colour and violet juice.
I am reading through the new Brankovina issue, and on the hand rest, an arm’s length away, is my coffee and cherry juice (I stopped drinking, recently, resolutely). And then I remembered not wishing you good morning this day. But then I remembered that a lot of days are before you (maybe even before us). I hope I will correct the mistake, many times.
Then I asked myself (oh, my eternal, everlasting wondering) whether I was reminded of my negligence and you,by all that various fruit of different sizes (on the grass and on the branch) or by my female dog Luna, a she-wolf so to speak (disloyal to the wolf’s den), who prowls and licks and pushes my bare foot with her paw out of boredom.
(You lie relaxed, half-naked, in your bed, and read these works of mine, recognizing every word.)
Slobodan R. Matrinović was born on the 4th of October in 1965 in Lazarevac where he graduated from elementary and secondary school. He graduated from the Belgrade Law School, and The Faculty for Special Education and Rehabilitation in Belgrade in 1990 and 2000 respectively. He was given the first prize by the Belgrade University for his work Law and Morality in 1989. He finished his postgraduate studies at the Belgrade Law School – Law Theory course. He acquired his master’s degree and PhD, both with honours, at the Belgrade Law School in December of 2006, and in 2012 respectively. He is employed at the Elementary School “Dule Karaklajić” in Lazarevac, as a special educator and teacher, and as of 2005, aside from working at a school, he is the editor of the Legal Practice (Pravna Praksa), a journal for regulation application. He teaches Roman Law, Law Theory and History of Law at the Singidunum University. He has published, with the edited and supplementary editions included, around 30 books in the field of law, legal standing, organization and functioning of upbringing and education institutions, and rights, responsibilities and obligations of students and parents, as well as two books in the field of law theory and philosophy (Discussions from Law Theory and Philosophy, Liber, Belgrade 2009, and The Problem of Rights and Morality Imperativeness, Dosije Studio, Belgrade 2014). Aside from books, he has published more than 150 works in the aforementioned fields. Slobodan R. Martinović also writes poetry, aphorisms, burlesques, short stories and play texts. Until now, he has published four poetry collections (Simple Poems, Liber, Belgrade 2004, Clear Things, Liber, Belgrade 2016, Records on VV, Alma, Belgrade 2017, and Fever, Presing, Mladenovac 2018). Additionally, he is featured in many collaborative poetry collections, and has published poetry in The Belgrade Worker and Brankovina – a journal for literature, art and social issues. He has published his short stories and burlesques in The Shaved Hedgehog (Belgrade) journal, the ABV chronicle (Lazarevac) and in the Act (Valjevo) and The Literary review (Belgrade) literary journals. His aphorisms were published in the Alma publishing house collection – Aphorists and Aphorisms, 2017, and has participated in the International Festival of Humour and Satire in Timisoara. He was awarded several times for his poetry and short stories.
Translator Mihajlo Stojković – was born on the 20th of March 1998 in Pozarevac where he graduated from the High School of Economics and Commerce. Despite the fact it being a vocational school, he decided to continue his education at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, where he is currently a third-year student of the English Department. He participated and was a finalist in the English Department Short Story Competition. Upon finishing his studies, he wish to become an English language teacher and eventually write a book.