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Eccentric Days of Hope and Sorrow

Natalka Bilotserkivets

Translated by Ali Kinsella and Dzvinia Orlowsky


Eccentric Days of Hope and Sorrow brings together a selection of Natalka Bilotserkivets’s poetry from the last four decades. Having established an English-language following largely on the merits of a single poem, Bilotserkivets’s larger body of work continues to be relatively unknown. She was an active participant in “Ukraine’s Renaissance” of the late-Soviet and early-independence period. Now, nearly thirty years on, much has changed in her birth land, but the lyricism and urgency in Bilotserkivets’s poetry remain; her voice still speaks about movement and restricted movement, even symbolic movement. Eccentric Days of Hope and Sorrow endeavors to return to shed light on the missing history.

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Natalka Bilotserkivets was a hallmark poet of Ukraine’s literary life of the 1980s and 1990s. She has published five volumes of poetry. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Ali Kinsella has been translating from Ukrainian for nearly a decade. Award-winning poet and translator Dzvinia Orlowsky is the author of six full-length poetry collections, including her most recent, Bad Harvest.

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