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Natalka Bilotserkivets has published five volumes of poetry.  Her work, known for lyricism and the quiet power of despair, became a hallmark of Ukraine’s literary life of the 1980s and 1990s.  The collections Allergy and Central Hotel were Books of the Year in 2000 and 2004, respectively.  Still, the majority of her oeuvre remains unknown in the West.  She lives and works in Kyiv.

Eccentric Days of Hope and Sorrow

Lost Horse Press
2022 Shortlist
United States

Judges’ Citation

The lyrical voice of Natalka Bilotserkivets rings, strong and pure, through several generations of Ukrainian poetry, from the Soviet censorship and Chornobyl, to the joys and losses of post-independence.

The lyrical voice of Natalka Bilotserkivets rings, strong and pure, through several generations of Ukrainian poetry, from the Soviet censorship and Chornobyl, to the joys and losses of post-independence.  In Eccentric Days of Hope and Sorrow we get to witness a lifelong bewilderment that transforms the historical into the intimate, with tender and meticulous precision.  These poems balance thought and emotion on the scales of linguistic music, beautifully captured in English by Ali Kinsella and Dzvinia Orlowsky.  Bilotserkivets is a poet capable of taking us from the 20th into the 21st century, through the darkness of old and new losses, with the strength refined into grace.



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