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On the Edge of a Sword

by Kristiina Ehin

Translated by Ilmar Lehtpere

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

Kristiina Ehin's second volume of poetry from Arc Publications, On the Edge of a Sword, is selected from her latest collection published in Estonia in spring 2017. These are deeply personal, unflinchingly honest, autobiographical poems and as such are a heartfelt defence of the right of the Estonian language to exist and flourish in an increasingly anglicised world.

Ilmar Lehtpere's translation succeeds in capturing the delicacy and immediacy of Ehin's unique voice, once again allowing an English-language readership access to this remarkable poet's work.

Her work has truly haunted me; it has entered the deepest layer of my being with its rare combination of directness and subtle nuances, ancient traditions and modernity.

Sujata Bhatt

Ehin's poems are deeply personal, but not in a way that excludes the reader: quite the opposite, they draw the reader in...

Angela Topping, Stride Magazine

Pbk 978‑1‑911469‑23‑0
Hb 978‑1‑911469‑24‑7
Ebook 978‑1‑911469‑25‑4
Published April 2018

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