Maris Salejs (real name Marians Rizijs) was born in 1971 in Riga. A poet, artist, and scholar, Salçjs published his first collection of poetry and translations from Polish Mamin es redzeju dziesmu ('Mummy I Saw a Song', Riga: Enigma) in 1999. His second, award winning collection, Mana politika ('My Politics', Riga: Petergailis), followed in 2001 to general acclaim. A prolific book reviewer, Salejs is also the author of scholarly analyses of the poetry of such living Latvian classics as Uldis Berzins, Janis Rokpelnis, and Knuts Skujenieks. The poems in the following selection are from his third, hitherto unpublished collection.