Biography of Ivar Ivask
Ivar Vidrik Ivask (December 17, 1927 Riga – September 23, 1992 Fountainstown, Ireland) was an Estonian poet and literary scholar.
He escaped in 1944 from Estonia to Germany and lived from 1949 onwards in the USA and from 1991 in Ireland.
He worked as a professor of Modern Languages and Literatures in the University of Oklahoma, writing mainly on Spanish language literature.
From 1967 to 1991 he was the editor-in-chief of the international literary quarterly World Literature Today (formerly Books Abroad) and directed its two affiliated biennial literary programs, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (1970- ) and the Puterbaugh Conferences on Writers of the French-Speaking and Hispanic World (1968- ), later known as Puterbaugh Conference on World Literature.
He was married to Latvian poet and translator Astrid Ivask.
Ivar Ivask Poems
Those recurring chords resonance of bells that continuous swell sacred rivers of sound
As you change countries, residences, languages, an accent remains which accentuates your permanent condition.
This painter floats landscapes in the sky like kites, without gravity, lets them hover upside down above ground, above the scar torn
Second Oklahoma Elegy
Now that is an unusual point of view. What do you do for a living? I edit a literary journal, global in scope. In New York or San Francisco, I assume?
This painter floats landscapes in the sky
like kites, without gravity,
lets them hover upside down
above ground, above the scar torn
by a huge explosion right through
the earth's crust to its core.
Victory of silence. Without mankind.
Who will put the earth together again
like a universal puzzle?