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Six Lithuanian Poets

Six Lithuanian Poets

ed. Eugenijus Ališanka

Bilingual English / Lithuanian edition

Translated by Eugenijus Ališanka, Kerry Shawn Keys, Medeine Tribinevicius, Laima Vincë and Jonas Zdanys with an introduction by Eugenijus Ališanka

Parallel text: Lithuanian / English

Eugenijus Ališanka, Daiva Cepauskaite, Gintaras Grajauskas, Aidas Marcenas, Kestutis Navakas and Sigitas Parulskis

Part of our New Voices From Europe and Beyond series edited by Alexandra Büchler

'Six Lithuanian Poets' is the fourth volume in the series of bilingual anthologies which brings the work of contemporary poets from Europe and beyond to a wider English-language readership, a series which aims to keep a finger on the 'here and now' of international contemporary poetry.

The poets whose work is included in this anthology were born in the 1960s, when Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union, and mostly started publishing after the country achieved independence in 1991. Unlike their predecessors, the poets of this generation are not concerned with political themes but rather with issues of aesthetics and existential quests. While each follows his or her unique path, they all share a penchant for experimentation and an ironic, post-modern perspective, following European literary trends rather than domestic poetic traditions.

The value of this work is indisputable. The collection stands out not only for the excellent selection of texts but also for the quality of its translations. Alongside other anthologies of world poetry published by Arc, the volume will certainly contribute to promoting contemporary European poetry among English-language readers.

Ewa Stanczyk, The Manchester Review

162 pages
ISBN 978 1904614 85
Published August 2008

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