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Nobody Knows Us Here and We Don’t Know Anyone

Kateryna Kalytko

Translated by Olena Jennings and Oksana Lutsyshyna


Kateryna Kalytko’s sophisticated poetry volume, Nobody Knows Us Here, and We Don’t Know Anyone, deals with separations and changes, hinting at the ongoing war in Ukraine. One can intuit that the characters, succinctly depicted, are Crimean Tatars, Jews, or the displaced citizens of Ukraine, refugees from the occupied territories. However, these departures and partings, acute alienation and pain that permeate the poems, could also be read as elements of a more philosophical and global matrix, relevant to any region and each and every human being. Losses, wars, and abandoned houses in Kalytko’s visual images are stunningly detailed, and her poetic language rich and exuberant.

Selected for inclusion in the 2024 Pushcart Prize anthology (the first Ukrainian poem ever accepted)!

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Kateryna Kalytko was born in Vinnytsia in 1982. She is an acclaimed poet, writer and translator who has published multiple collections of poetry and prose. Her work has been translated into English, Polish, German, Hebrew, Russian, Armenian, Italian, and Serbian. She has been the recipient of many literary awards and fellowships, among them the Central European Initiative Fellowship for Writers in Residence (2015) and Ukraine BBC Award for fiction (2017).

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