Writing poetry on the periphery of cultures
The Odessa-born U.S. poet Ilya Kaminsky, who is coming to Haifa this week for an international festival, talks about the freedom of creating in a foreign language.
"My father died in 1994, a year after our arrival to America," poet Ilya Kaminsky recalls. "I understood right away that it would be impossible for me to write about his death in the Russian language. I choose English because no one in my family or friends knew it - no one I spoke to could read what I wrote. I myself did not know the language. It was a parallel reality, an insanely beautiful...
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