It was poet and translator Michael Hamburger’s endorsement that brought this volume of tender, young, yet accomplished, poetry to nbg’s attention. Full of evocative imagery, and arrestingly elegant rhythm, Marjana Gaponenko’s tone is quiet, gentle and rooted in personal relationships, things, moods and atmosphere. Those acquainted with the poetry of the young Paul Celan will hear echoes of his language here. Indeed Gaponenko’s is a voice more in line with the poetry of days gone by than with fellow contemporaries, but in that lies undeniable beauty and an unaffected charm.
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