City of Ash

Overview

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.

Lithuanian poetry is known for its melodious rhyme and assonance,...

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Overview

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.

Lithuanian poetry is known for its melodious rhyme and assonance, but Alisanka favors a more modern approach. The defiance of traditional capitalization and punctuation in his free verse may be read as a rebellion -- conscious or unconscious -- against the regulations imposed by the Language Commission in Lithuania. Alisanka's poems, employing neither surrealism nor stream of consciousness, are, like cities themselves, concatenations of non sequiturs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810117846
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Series: Writings from an Unbound Europe Series
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword
dog's breath steam, cold air catches in your throat 3
solstice 4
devoted walls stood there 5
autumn apocalypse 6
gloria mundi 7
who arose in our bodies 8
dream proserpina 9
the fall 10
antipygmalion 11
like the broken syllable of day 12
losing death 13
arrow 14
ecoutez 15
sand sphinx 16
dawn breaks: across your forehead 17
resurrected for those who do not exist 18
stairs of megara 19
alien home 20
morning in the land of visions 21
to the other side of blood 22
the one who stands 23
who will punish you when you return from the land 24
sub specie aeternitatis 25
the accent of time is over us 26
you leave already 27
when your warmth 28
ragged wing, diverting the current 29
while the day divides you stay 30
evening tracks 31
vox 32
water 33
necklace 34
the fog of castle roses 36
which key will absolve you of time? 38
pilgrim 39
pause 40
peripheral vision 41
tabula rasa 42
enchanted country 43
under the cupola of snow 44
atlantis 45
a votre sante 46
crystallography 47
crusade 49
dialogue in a cellar 50
north wind 51
two thousand years 53
the one who laughed at the dead 54
the heian court 55
front 56
civitas lunae 57
godspeed 62
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