René Matoušek rodio se u Vukovaru 7. veljače 1958. godine. Gimnaziju je pohađao u Vukovaru. Jedan dio života proveo je u Velikoj Gorici, gdje se preselio 1977. godine po dolasku na studij stomatologije. Prvu zbirku pjesama Jaka veza objavio je 1980. godine, a zbirku haiku pjesama Žegar objavljuje 1987. godine. Od 1985. do 1990. godine kao stomatolog radio je u Žegaru nedaleko Obrovca, a 1990. godine vratio se u rodni Vukovar gdje se uključuje u ponovno ustrojavanje Društva “Hrvatski dom” i biva imenovan tajnikom.
Pisao je za Polet, Studentski list, Quorum, Oko i Osječki tjednik u kojem je imao stalnu rubriku, pod nazivom “Carski rez”, gdje je opisivao svakodnevnu vukovarsku zbilju. Tijekom Domovinskog rata njegov glas čuo se i s valova Hrvatskog radija za koji je, uz pomoć još jednog radio-amatera, prenosio izvješće o stanju u Gradu. Nakon pada grada bio je u koloni koja je odvedena na “Velepromet” i trag mu se izgubio nakon izvođenja na saslušanje iz takozvane stolarije. Njegovi posmrtni ostaci ekshumirani su iz skupne grobnice na vukovarskom Novom groblju a identificiran je 14. studenog 2002. godine na Zavodu za sudsku medicinu u Zagrebu. Pokopan je u Aleji hrvatskih branitelja u Vukovaru, 22. studenog 2002. godine.
U spomen na René Matoušeka održavaju se Međunarodni haiku susreti “René Matoušek” koje je pokrenuo Tomislav Marijan Bilosnić 2008. godine.
We wish to introduce in a relatively brief format various haiku poets, past and present, who are good but not so well-known. Called “Mini Haiku Treasure Trove” to distinguish it from the usual fuler size, the new format will seek to make as many of these hidden poets known to the reader as possible. We take up a tragic poet from Croatia who met a lamentable but heroic death in 1991 while executing his duties as a medical doctor in the war-torn country. His name is Rene Matoušek.
Tomislav Maretić, a fellow countryman and a haiku poet himself, has written a short but moving introduction:
Rene Matoušek worked as a stomatologist (dentist) in a small town in Dalmatia [on the south of Croatia, alogn the coast, D.Ž]. In his spare time, he wrote poetry, haiku, short stories and other prose works. His other interests included Esperanto, working on the radio and writing his columns in various newspapers.
Rene Matoušek (1958-1991), photo from www.matica.hr
He was born in 1958 in a place called Vukovar [on the North-East of Croatia, on the Danube river; D.Ž.]. The war broke out in Croatia in 1991. When Vukovar came under attack, Matoušek returned there from Dalmatia to work as a doctor in a hospital. Vukovar fell. The day after its fall he was arrested at his family house. It was the 19th of November. He was tortured and killed on the 20th.
His elder brother who had also been arrested with him survived all this hell to tell us the sad story. Matoušek was a real humanist, creative writer and a fine poet. He was, above all, very nice, tolerant and interesting as a person. His courage was genuine and much to be commended.
20th of November was the 12th anniversary of his death. It would perhaps not go amiss if we spent few moments to read some of Rene Matoušek’s haiku poems in order for us to share his sensibility and sense of life’s joy despite his tragedy. (Notes on localities below.)