The magpie in the Joshua trees
Has come to rest. Darkness collects,
And what I cannot hear or see,
Broken limbs, the curious bird,
Become in darkness darkness too.
from ”Premonition at Twilight“
Phil Levine, On the Edge, 1963
The same and not quite the same,
I walked through oak forests
Amazed that my Muse, Mnemosyne,
Has in no way diminished my amazement.
A magpie was screeching and I said: Magpiety?
What is magpiety? I shall never achieve
A magpie heart, a hairy nostril over the beak, a flight
That always renews just when coming down,
And so I shall never comprehend magpiety.
translated with Peter Dale Scott
Marius Katiliškis's 1957 masterpiece of rural Lithuanian life, Fall Comes from the Forest, translated by Birutė Vaičjurgis Šležas, is now available online and by special order in any bookstore. See an excerpt here.
by Saulius Šaltenis
Bees on the Snow (original title Kalės vaikai) by Saulius Šaltenis is now out and available at your local bookstore, as well as online outlets. See the book announcement here. Reviews are starting to come in—links available on our REVIEWS page.
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