Language and Silence: selected poems of Svetlana Marisova

Language and Silence: selected poems of Svetlana Marisova

by Svetlana Marisova


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780473250751
Publisher: Karakia Press
Publication date: 02/16/2014
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Svetlana Marisova (March 17, 1990 - September 7, 2011) was born the only child of a family who knew social and religious persecution in post-Soviet Russia. The family moved to New Zealand in 2004. In her later teens she responded to a perceived call to the cloistered life of contemplative prayer. A diagnosis of terminal brain cancer in late 2009 curtailed the way she was able to live out this vocation.

Over the remaining two years of her life she wrapped her past and present in even greater cloistered mystery while she tried to come to terms with her future. Fascinated by language as much as she was by the interior silence of contemplation, she gravitated to the combination of both that she could find in writing haiku. In a similar paradoxical manner she hid herself from the world while she reached out to it through the anonymity of human interaction via the social networking complexities of the internet. In cyber-companionship with Ted van Zutphen she worked out her identity as girl/woman, nun/social butterfly, contemplative/wordsmith as together they wrote and studied haiku via digital communications.

Her work has appeared in a number of online and print journals, anthologies and books.

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