City of Ash

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August 2000



Although the city in the title of this sensitive collection refers to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, City of Ash serves as a universal geography of the contemporary soul in an urban context, built on the fragments of the past. Through his poetry, Eugenijus Alisanka searches for personal and historical meaning within the framework of time, recognizing both the demands of the self and the impossibility of avoiding what came before, whether human or cultural.Lithuanian poetry is known for the melodiousness it achieves through rhyme and assonance, but Alisanka favors a more modern approach. His free verse, defying traditional capitalization and punctuation, may be read as a rebellion -- conscious or unconscious -- against the regulations imposed by the Language Commission in Lithuania, which regulates such matters. Alisanka's poems are neither surrealistic nor stream of consciousness but are, like cities themselves, concatenations of non sequiturs.


Eugenijus Alisanka was born in 1960 and is considered one of Lithuania's leading poets. His work includes articles on poetry and culture. "City of Ash" is his second collection of poetry; his first, "Equinox" won the Zigmas Gele prize, given annually to the best debut book of Lithuanian poetry. H. L. Hix, a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute, is author of "Perfect Hell."
EAN: 9780810117846
ISBN: 0810117843
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2000
Seitenanzahl: 62 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von H. L. Hix
Format: kartoniert
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