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All I Have Is Words
Guernica Editions (Guernica World Editions), Spring 2018
118 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771833219
ISBN10: 1771833211
Translated from the Latvian
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US

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For various reasons but particularly due to political censorship, my poetry, written in prison, was published as a collection only in 1990. I myself, following several rejections by publishers, was not in a hurry to go public with the poems from those years, wanting my imprisonment experience to speak with a more mature and deeper voice. In the introduction to the first of the several books now published I wrote: “I have been unwilling to make claims of uniqueness for my life's most difficult period--those seven years of imprisonment. That which for me personally was a tragic exceptional experience, for my people was a horrific historical norm.” -- Knuts Skujenieks
they sit silent as if dead / each with the same song / that smokes in my chest and my brain / with an eternal underground flame

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