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Mindaugas Valiukas (b. 1976) is a poet, prose writer, musician and dramatist. He studied Lithuanian language and literature at the Lithuanian Pedagogical University, and received a bachelor’s degree from Klaipeda University in philology and theater studies. He worked in Klaipėda Puppet Theater as an actor and dramatist. His first poetry collection, The Moon’s Ceramics, won the Zigmas Gaidamavičius-Gėlė Prize for best debut of the year. Two more poetry collections followed: Stolen Nail (2003) and Mouth Harp (2006), as well as a collection of theater works: Creator’s Death (2005). His new poetry collection Teacher Teaching Death was published in 2018.

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Poems from poetry book “Teacher Teaching Death”
 
 
 

Nature Morte

leftover lamb
stuck
between high peak teeth:
clouds

 

***

I have come too far:
strange birds
strange trees

 

***

beer and kefir –
father and son
both at the table

mustachioed

 Mindaugas Valiukas 06Permission to land - Photo by Mindaugas Valiukas

 

The Stone

breathes no more
but remains

warm

 

***

I’m so beautiful!
thinks the maple tree
blushing even harder

 

***

frogs lift heads
to follow
flying storks:
in longing

 

Icarus on Foot

a spider
climbing
a candle

 

I don’t know my birds

they always
fly away

 

Mindaugas Valiukas 03Garlic and Apples - Photo by Mindaugas Valiukas

Dausprungas’ Cat

having just shat
from the sill he admires
a cherry tree in bloom

 

Mindaugas Valiukas 07Trespassers II - Photo by Mindaugas Valiukas

Dausprungas’s Pilgrimage Discovery, Nr. 91

if suddenly they went silent:

all the sirens
and car alarms,
and the shitting
dogs would cease
to yap, and planes
would freeze in the air

at exactly seven
o’clock
in the morning

and for a little while
after

we would hear

the brooms

of thirty odd
Vilnius

church-
yards

 

Dausprungas’ Telephone: To Do List

 

 

 

 

 

(nothing to do)

 

Memento Mori

live fish
in the fish sec-
tion swim

next to
dead
carp heads

 

Dausprungas’ Observation N. 203

the only
thing
that

fits
everyone without
exception

is

a
clown

’s no
se

 

Insomnia

I
hate
sheep

 Mindaugas Valiukas 05Window - Photo by Mindaugas Valiukas

 

So I Saw Joan of Arc

as she
went
to sip
some secret
hootch
in the WC

so

proud
so
fanatically
faithful
to

her
goal

 

Deep in my Heart

bloody hell

 

Dausprungas’ Penultimate Observation

what
does

n’t
kill
me

makes
me

a killer

Mindaugas Valiukas 04Piano - Photo by Mindaugas Valiukas

 

Translated by Rimas Uzgiris

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