The Borderland/Ukraine: Ukrainian poets

The books of Ukrainian poetry

‘The idea of the collection came to my mind after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine and stems from the belief that literature is not an autonomous entity, but it deeply resonates with the reality of the tragedy that bears the burden of the military conflict’, says Krzysztof Czyżewski, the initiator of the series.

The “issue of war” could be considered to be one of the possible sources for poetry writing but is not as important as the Ukrainian poesis – the word in action in the borderline situation.

The initiative of Facing the War, a Collection of Ukrainian Poetry, brings back the Collection of Sarajevo that was launched by the Pogranicze Foundation and the independent publishing houses from Sarajevo, Belgrad and Lublana. During the war in the former Yugoslavia eight poetry books were published in Bosnian, Polish, Serbian and Slovene.

The idea of editing the Collection came up in the International Centre for Dialogue in Krasnogruda as a part of the Borderland/Ukraine programme. It is the initiative co-organized by the Jesava Publishing House from Lviv and the Pogranicze from Sejny/Krasnogruda. The benefit from the sale will support the Ukraine.

Each book is translated by a Polish poet. The first four books were published on the day of Czesław Miłosz’s 111th birthday.