Two Voices / Du Balsai

Two Voices / Du Balsai

by Kornelijus Platelis, Jonas Zdanys


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Two Voices / Du Balsai by Kornelijus Platelis, Jonas Zdanys

Two Voices/Du Balsai is a literary celebration of a thirty year friendship between poets and translators Kornelijus Platelis and Jonas Zdanys. Over those years, both have translated each other’s poems, sent one another literary questions and explanations, enjoyed the currents of their aesthetic discussions as they moved to poetic consensus, and engaged in interesting and essential conversations about poetry and art. In this bilingual volume, published in English and Lithuanian, Zdanys and Platelis engage with one another as poets and as translators. Each presents himself as well as the other, through original poems and through their respective translations on the facing pages in the other language. The poems include the most recent published texts by each poet as well as some yet unpublished work, and the respective translations are new and made especially for these pages. The work in both languages reveals textures and nuances of a long and productive literary collusion. Above all else, these poems and translations provide an engaging affirmation of the work Platelis and Zdanys have been doing together, work in two voices that bridges the years and crosses an ocean, and thereby affirm how each has contributed to and learned from the work of the other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780944048795
Publisher: Virtual Artists Collective
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Kornelijus Platelis, poet, translator, cultural leader, political activist, and national government official, is the author of eight collections of poetry, several volumes of translations into Lithuanian of American and European poets, and collections of wide-ranging literary and cultural essays. His work, which explores opportunities for personal as well as social liberation and freedom, and individual as well as collective ethical realignment in the labyrinths of history and myth, has been translated into twenty-four European and Asian languages and has received many honors and prizes, including all the major literary awards in Lithuania.

Jonas Zdanys, a bilingual poet and translator, is the author of forty-six books. Forty-two of those are collections of poetry, written in English or in Lithuanian, and translations of Lithuanian poetry and fiction into English. He has received a number of prizes, book awards, writing and travel grants, and public recognitions for his poetry and for his translations. He has taught at the State University of New York and at Yale University, where he also held a number of administrative positions and was a Scholar-in-Residence in the Yale Center for Russian and East European Studies. He served for more than a decade as the state of Connecticut's Chief Academic Officer and is currently Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Sacred Heart University, where he teaches courses on modern poetry and directs the program in creative writing.

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