Today we’re excited to feature a beautiful selection of Lithuanian poetry translated by Laima Vince (Sruoginis). Lithuanian poetry comes from a long history of pain in a country which has suffered three foreign invasions, the deportation of a third of its people to Siberia, and the slaughter of practically its entire Jewish community; ten years of partisan warfare against the Red Army that left an entire generation—the part of it that remained after the rest had fled to the West or been exiled to Siberia—shattered; and nearly fifty years of foreign occupation. These poems protest and bear witness to totalitarianism, speak about exile and war, and they are more necessary today than ever. We highly recommend Laima Vince’s excellent anthology Raw Amber to further sample the beauty of Lithuanian poetry. Accompanying the poems are Vince’s luminous gouache illustrations inspired by Lithuanian myths and symbols. Enjoy.
—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman