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Laurynas Katkus

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Laurynas Katkus studied Lithuanian and Comparative Literature in Vilnius, Norwich, Leipzig, and Berlin and received his PhD from the University of Vilnius in 2006. He is the recipient of grants from Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung and DAAD. His publications include Between Arcadia and Inferno: Exile in the Poetry of Alfonsas Nyka-Niliūnas and Johannes Bobrowski (2010). He has been a Researcher at the Centre for Comparative Literature at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Vilnius. Dr Katkus is also the author of several books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and is a translator from German and English. more »

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The Truck Driver´s Wife

Truck Driver's Wife In the morning only a leather cap on the shelf.
Driver At first I was really moving- -and thought I might turn over.
Truck Driver's Wife I'm surrounded by cats again. Yarn chokes my neck.
Driver Bremen. Sleet. Dreaming of borderguards.
Truck Driver's Wife Oh, I'm sick. Even looking out the window doesn't help.
Driver Oblivious, I press the front of the truck, your breast.
Truck Driver's Wife It's not contagious, but it's deadly.
Mother already carries out the rubbish, buys the food.
Driver I will bring you the milk of Europe, and you'll be ...

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