Letters from Vilnius

Dispatch 5, Winter, Republic of Uzupis: Crossroads of World Poetry 2016

The Republic of Užupis exists independently in the heart of Vilnius…a bohemian port with its own mermaid and angel…home to artists and vagrants, gentry, moonshine, ravens, one buzzard, and pigeons, and especially to poetry…its Independence Day is April 1st…it once gave birth to a 300 kg egg…it predates and postdates the Known, the Unknown, and …

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Republic of Užupis: Crossroads of World Poetry, Dispatch 4, Autumn, 2014

the Republic of Užupis exists independently in the heart of Vilnius…a bohemian port with its own mermaid and angel…home to artists and vagrants, gentry, moonshine, ravens, one buzzard, and pigeons, and especially to poetry…its Independence Day is April 1st…it once gave birth to a 300 kg egg…it predates and postdates the Known, the Unknown, and …

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Republic of Užupis: Crossroads of World Poetry, Dispatch 3, Autumn, 2013

Republic of Užupis: Crossroads of World Poetry, Dispatch 3, Autumn, 2013  the Republic of Užupis exists independently in the heart of Vilnius…a bohemian port with its own mermaid and angel…home to artists and vagrants, gentry, moonshine, ravens, one buzzard, and pigeons, and especially to poetry…its Independence Day is April 1st…it once gave birth to a …

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Republic of Užupis: Crossroads of World Poetry, Dispatch 2, Spring, 2013

by Kerry Shawn Keys the Republic of Užupis exists independently in the heart of Vilnius…a bohemian port with its own mermaid and angel…home to artists and vagrants, gentry, moonshine, ravens, one buzzard, and pigeons, and especially to poetry…its Independence Day is April 1st…it once gave birth to a 300 kg egg…it predates and postdates the …

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Letter from Uzupis

Republic of Uzupis: Crossroads of World Poetry,  Dispatch 1, Winter 2013  the Republic of Užupis exists independently in the heart of Vilnius…a bohemian port with its own mermaid and angel…home to artists and vagrants, gentry, moonshine, ravens, one buzzard, and pigeons, and especially to poetry…its Independence Day is April 1st…it once gave birth to a …

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Letter From Vilnius: 5

by Kerry Shawn Keys Eastern/Central Europe and Excursions elsewhere              Spring/Summer, 2012 Spring is a swift season in Vilnius. Winter lingers into the lilac blossoms, cold nights and frost bitten orchards, and then Summer magically appears, a lukewarm affair that, to much of the world, would be Spring. And to Sigitas Geda, all the seasons mix …

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Letter from Vilnius: 4

by Kerry Shawn Keys Eastern/Central Europe and Excursions elsewhere              Winter, 2012 Deep freeze here in Vilnius for 2 weeks now, and, in harmony with my genteel poverty, I keep the (brown) study garret temperature at 8 to 12 degrees C, but it suffices and there is no ice on …

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Letter from Vilnius: 3

by Kerry Shawn Keys Eastern/Central Europe and Excursions elsewhere             Autumn, 2011                                                   as gathering swallows twitter in the skies…               …

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Letter From Vilnius: 2

Eastern/Central Europe and Excursions elsewhere             Summer, 2011   Summers in Lithuania are usually quite lovely. The cities are not overwhelmed with zealous tourists taking photos of something they surely know about only for the moment. No fireplugs in Vilnius for them to mark like an impoverished version of a wise …

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Letter From Vilnius: 1

by Kerry Shawn Keys Eastern/Central Europe and Excursions elsewhere             Spring, 2011 To begin this first Letter From Vilnius, in what entertains to be a bi-monthly series for Poetry International, I believe some very brief background information is essential to the context and purport of the writing. I first visited Lithuania …

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