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Valzhyna Mort

Poetry

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20150109, 20130705

In part two of this interview with Belarusian poet Valzhyna Mort, she reads from her 2011 book, Collected Body, and talks about how her grandmother and female ancestry inspired the work, helping her develop themes of migration, movement and the exiled body. Mort also talks about how family, nature, and various landscapes—from her own landlocked place of origin to the Caribbean islands of her husband--have influenced her work. She also discusses her Sylt poems published in New Letters magazine (Vol. 79, No. 2) that are now included in 2014 Best American Poetry.

| Subject Matter: Language, Belarus, Landscape, Movement, Family | Interview Year: 2012 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: 2005 Crystal of Vilenica Award, 2008 Burda Poetry Prize |

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