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50 years
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of poetry publishing

Come to Me

by Karlis Verdinš

Bilingual English / Latvian edition

Translated & introduced by Ieva Lesinska

Part of our Arc Translations series edited by Jean Boase-Beier

Come to Me

A modern sensibility suffused with urban sophistication. In everyday scenes he shows us what's most noble in human relationships, alongside the basest fears and anxieties. Irony and sarcasm somehow never seem to obscure the warmth of Kārlis's voice and his attention to intimate details. This book represents Kārlis at the peak of his poetic power: gripping, vivid and not a little romantic. Kārlis himself says: "I try to say something that I would like to present as beautiful or, on the contrary, something that can not and must not be taken as beautiful."

Gentle, intelligent and tactful, Kārlis Vērdiņš became the leader of his generation. For all of us, his poetry was a refuge - a different world whose chaos was imbued with understanding. He is a role model for poets - but the kind of role model that no one can really match.

Jānis Joņevs, Writer, recipient of the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature

Kārlis Vērdiņš is funny, clever, quirky, musical, sweet, puzzled, charming, intense, meticulous, whimsical, gentle, and slightly fantastical. So are his poems. He is a master craftsman with a miraculously unique way of seeing the world.

Gabriel Jackson, Composer

9781908376220 pbk
9781908376237 hbk
9781908376244 ebook
144 pages
Published March 2015