All of the poets featured in this anthology were born in the 1960s, when Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union. Most of them started publishing their work after the country achieved independence in 1991.
Unlike their predecessors who were concerned with political themes, the poets of this generation engage with issues of aesthetics and existential quests. While each does so in a unique way, they share a strong sense of language and an ironic, post-modern perspective, following contemporary European literary trends rather than domestic poetic traditions.
Eugenijus Ališanka (b. 1960 in Barnaul, Russia) is a poet, essayist and translator. He has published five books of poetry and two essay collections.
This anthology introduces six poets: Eugenijus Ališanka, Daiva Cepauskaite, Gintaras Grajauskas, Aidas Marcenas, Kestutis Navakas, Sigitas Parulskis.
"Daiva Cepauskaite has written an irresistible poem called How to Get Into Paradise, but this is only one of the jewels in an anthology which should appeal to a wide reading public."
Dewi Roberts, Roundhouse