Biography of Liāna Langa
Born in 1960 in Riga, poet Liana Langa (real name Liāna Bokša) studied in Biruta Delles’ painting studio, and the Philology Department of the Latvian State University (1979-81). She has also worked as a restaurateur in the Crimea and as a teacher in Riga. She spent the first part of 2000 in the USA as a student at the New School College in New York, where she studied philosophy and 20th century literature. Langa has worked for the international film forum Arsenal and as a translator from Russian and English. She was a consultant for the project Literature Express/Europe 2000 and had worked in the international relations and advertising bureau Idea Media. Currently, Langa is the manager of the Publishing House Apostrofs and a member of the editorial team of the literary magazine Latvju Teksti (Latvian Writings).
Liāna Langa Poems
In the forest's undergrowth my shadow roams.
Hundred-thousand-year greedy muzzles suck
moisture clinging to a vessel of mist.
subtly rose. So slow their movement, so sticky. As if someone
will come shortly to glue our transparent flesh together.
We can do it ourselves! Just the water doesn't permit it,
She's wearing rubber boots, a grey moustache
above a chapped mouth.
pecks at a bit of bacon
whiter than the city's snow. Lemon yellow sunbeam bagpipes
tangle in tree branches sounding funeral marches. Racing clouds
grey light on eyelids, the odour of decaying melons. Maybe
a movie, ditam, ditam? Dipetti, dipetti, perhaps to the Antarctic?
Don't be angry. Escape heals, but only for a space of time, just until
Я от глубокого вдруг пробудилась сна.
Бродила тень моя среди лесных деревьев.
Над чашею тумана наклонившись,
тысячелетья жадно пили влагу.
Как мокрый и зеленый чайный лист
в мои глаза внезапно вплыло небо.
И тесно не было. Так нежно задевали