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170pp. University of Iowa Translation Series. FINE includes erata slip. An informative introduction with notes by Juris Silenieks. These translated poems of six Soviet Latvian and six exile poems are the voice of a people whose language dates back to Sanskrit and who have endured centuries of domination and threats to their mother tongue. As contemporary poets born in Latvia, the authors combine ancient folkloric motifs with modern forms to evoke a multitude of voices and perceptions, and to restore levels of incantation to everyday language. The introduction reviews Latvia’s history, its language, and the works of the poets, providing an historical and literary overview of the Latvian poetic tradition. ( Publisher) These translations are noteable on account of their satisfying quality. Exile Poets: Linards Tauns, Astride Ivaska, Gunars Salins, Baiba B icole, Olafs Stumbrs,Aina Kraujiete. Soviet Occupied Latvia Poets: Vizma Belsevica, Maris Caklais, Arija Elksne, Ojars Vacietis, Olga Lisovska, Imants Ziedonis. Translations by Inara Cedrins, Astride Ivaska, Ivars Ivasks, Juris Rozitis, Laris Salins, Ilze Skipsna, Velta Snikere, Ruth Spiers, Astrida Stahnke, Bitite Vinklers.