Literature Review: Seed in Snow

Līga Horgana is back with a literature review of  Seed in Snow , a collection of poems  written by Knuts Skujenieks and translated by Bititie Vinklers. Someday we may not exist. But yesteryears’s snow will live, And yesteryear’s light Will fly on, Reaching a distant planet and heart Transformed as today. Soon we may not exist. More precisely, we will. Our words may decay, our portraits yellow, But a snowy evening will find other lips, Other shoulders, And other lanterns. And all of them will be ours. More precisely, we will exist. Forever and ever. Without amen.  (137) These are words of the recently departed Knuts Skujenieks that poignantly close his poetry collection Seed in Snow , translated by Bitite Vinklers into English. His name will always be remembered in Latvian literature as one of the greatest poets, a literary critic, and a polyglot who translated works into Latvian from over than10 languages. Born in 1936, his mother soon passed away, requiring Skujenieks and his brother

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