City of Ash

City of Ash

by Eugenijus Alisanka
     
 

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Although 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. 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

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Although 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. 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.

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"The poems feel substantial yet evanescent, grappling with metaphysical concerns of time and space in a relatively plainspoken style . . . an appealing variety of quietly surreal expressionism . . ." —Publishers Weekly

"Alisanka spins the web of haunted connections between the real and the unreal in a city that is contemporaneous even as it rises from the shards of history. This is a volume from another world that seems to speak immediately from a literary and political climate quite our own." —Tikkun

". . . poetry of distinctive voice and of supple poetic and linguistic structure . . ." —World Literature Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810117846
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2000
Series:
Writings from an Unbound Europe Series
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Eugenijus Ališanka 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 Gélé 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

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