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In Memory of a Banyan Tree: Poems of the Outside World: 1985 to 2022
Three Wooden Trunks
The Country Where Everyone’s Name Is Fear: Selected Poems
  Lyuba Yakimchuk Translated by Oksana Maksymchuk, Max Rosochinsky & Svetlana Lavochkina

ISBN 978-1-7364323-1-0     $24  /  $30 (Canada)     5.5 x 8.5"       

166 pp      
PUB DATE: September 2021       Book Release Featured Poetry


Apricots of Donbas, by award-winning contemporary Ukrainian poet Lyuba Yakimchuk, is the 7th book in the LOST HORSE PRESS CONTEMPORARY UKRAINIAN POETRY SERIES. As are previous volumes in the Series, it has been released in a dual language edition. Born and raised in a small coal-mining town in Ukraine’s industrial east, Yakimchuk lost her family home in 2014, when the region was occupied by Russian-backed militants, and her parents and sister were forced to flee as refugees. Reflecting the complex emotional experiences of a civilian witnessing a gradual disintegration of her familiar surroundings, Yakimchuk’s poetry is versatile, ranging from sumptuous verses about the urgency of erotic desire in a war-torn city to imitations of child-like babbling about the tools and toys of military combat. Playfulness in the face of catastrophe is a distinctive feature of Yakimchuk’s voice, evoking the legacy of the Ukrainian Futurists of the 1920s. The poems’ artfulness goes hand in hand with their authenticity, offering intimate glimpses into the story of a woman affected by a life-altering situation beyond her control.

About the Author

Lyuba Yakimchuk Translated by Oksana Maksymchuk, Max Rosochinsky & Svetlana Lavochkina

LYUBA YAKIMCHUK is a poet, playwright, and screenwriter. Her two collections of poetry ,iak Moda (2009) and Abrykosy Donbasu (2015) won prestigious awards, including the International Slavic Poetic Award (Ukraine) and the International Poetic Award of the Kovalev Foundation (USA). Since 2019, her play The Wall has been running at the Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theater, the largest in Ukraine. She also authored the script for the film The Slovo House: An Unfinished Novel, reflecting on the literary life in the 1930’s Kharkiv. Born and raised in a small town near Luhansk, Yakimchuk now lives in Kyiv, Ukraine.


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