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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.


from "Magpiety"

Czesław Miłosz

translated with Peter Dale Scott

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Marius Katiliskis's Miskais atėjo ruduo, translated by Birutė Šležas, and Bees on the Snow (original title Kalės vaikai) by Saulius Šaltenis, whom we congratulate for winning the 2020 Lithuanian National Prize for his lifetime of work in literature!