Selected Poems

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Zabuzhko, contemporary Ukrainian writer, poet, essayist, and author of the most controversial and influential works of her time and place, radiates forward in pulsating glory in this pocket-sized collection of poetry.

While much of her work famously illuminates Ukrainian self-identification and post-colonial issues, her prodigious writing spans the universe of ideas. Her incredibly broad and scholarly reading informs and enlivens her writing, and with the diverse literary themes in her work recognizable by different readers from different traditions, her heartbeats strike home around the globe. Zabuzhko is a philosopher, a cultural critic, a philologist, and a linguist. With her unique ability to transmute abstract ideas into crystalline language, she pierces our hearts with her crushingly accurate narration of the threads of identity we are all yearning to satisfy.

The skilled translators of this novel bring her precise words to us in vivid English. Every piece leaves the reader hungry for more, every path sends the traveler back to retrace their steps. Readers who enjoy peeling back layer after layer of a poem will find themselves richly rewarded as they read and re-read this thoughtful anthology.


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Author Oksana Zabuzhko
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 67 pages
Publisher Arrowsmith Press
Publish Date 2020-Oct-17
ISBN 9780871401533 Buy this Book
Issue January 2021
Category Poetry & Short Stories