The Country Where Everyone's Name Is Fear: Selected Poems
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Authors: Boris and Lyudmyla Khersonsky
Editors and Translators: Katie Farris and Ilya Kaminsky
Publisher: Lost Horse Press (2022)
Boris Khersonsky and Ludmila Khersonsky write poetry that speaks to the crisis of our time, when refugees run from bombardments, nonstop propaganda flows from TV, and neighbors begin to hate their neighbors. The setting is Ukraine at the start of the twenty-first century, but it is eerily recognizable anywhere.
These brief lyric poems speak about the memory of historical trauma and witness stark individual voices that pierce the wall of complacency. What is the music of such times? What is its metaphysics? This collection gives us an unflinching, memorable response.