A modern sensibility suffused with urban sophistication. In everyday scenes he shows us what's most ble in human relationships, alongside the basest fears and anxieties. Irony and sarcasm somehow never seem to obscure the warmth of Karlis's voice and his attention to intimate details. This book represents Karlis at the peak of his poetic power: gripping, vivid and t a little romantic. Karlis himself says: I try to say something that I would like to present as beautiful or, on the contrary, something that can t and must t be taken as beautiful.
Karlis Verdins was born in 1979 in Riga. He has published five books of poetry: Ledlaui (Icebreakers, 2001), Biezpiens ar krejumu (Cottage Cheese with Sour Cream, 2004), Burtinu zupa (Alphabet Soup, for children, 2007), Es (I, 2008), and Mes: kopota dzeja (We: Collected Poetry, 2012). He is a renowned critic, with an MA in Cultural Theory and a PhD in Philology, and has published many essays on literature as well as translations of European and American poets (including T.S. Eliot, Konstantin Biebl, Georg Trakl, Joseph Brodsky, Walt Whitman), and has also written libretti and song lyrics. His own poetry has been translated in many languages, including collections in Russian and Polish, and appears in the Arc Publications anthologies A Fine Line (2004) and Six Latvian Poets (2011).