Kreslin's poetry is a beautiful aesthetic experience, evocative and subtle, particularly rich in natural imagery. There are clear themes that run like veins throughout it: the Mura River (which winds through Prekmurje), the ubiquitous storks of Prekmurje and other avian images, an appreciation for gypsy culture (particularly their musical traditions), trans-generational and trans-cultural inspiration, mist and stars. One might imagine the poems best read in the early morning hours, on the mist-spread banks of the Mura.
About the Author
Vlado Kreslin has been variously compared to several other musician/poets, 20th century troubadours, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Woody Guthrie. Like Dylan, Kreslin has published books of lyrics and books of poetry, and other artists have been inspired by his work, including the title poem of this collection, which was the seed for both an award-winning novel, Namesto koga roža cveti by Feri Lainšček (1991) and a well-received film, Halgato, directed by Andrej Mlakar (1995). Like Springsteen, Kreslin spans generations, performing with older folk musicians as well as young prodigies, and combining traditional regional music and folktales with his own original compositions. Like Guthrie, Kreslin is not merely a troubadour, but has become a folk symbol himself. Kreslin empowered the people of Prekmurje to take pride in speaking their own dialect and in their local cultural traditions. Kreslin is seen by some as a sort of spirit of Prekmurje.