Liquid Ink

The official website of Gint Aras, Finalist 2016 CWA Book Award


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The evening we shared snowflakes (new translation)

It’s official. I am now a translator of poetry.

This past summer, I was delighted when Diana Rebirth, a poet participating in the SLS seminar in Vilnius, approached me about translating a few poems. She had a chance to publish in Quarterly West, and I happily took my hand to them. The results were very interesting, to say the least.

Now I get to put “translator” on the resume. Translating poetry is much more fun than interpreting bar room conversations outside the Vilnius bus terminal, if you know what I mean. One of the poems, Glassland, required learning the structure of a dual pane window, something I never thought I’d investigate.

At any rate, if you enjoy poetry, I hope you’ll share these texts with your friends.

Here are my children, sharing snowflakes, albeit in a different way:

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Goodbye, Vilnius

The hardest city for me to bid farewell. But I’ll see you soon enough again, pretty sister, and perhaps next time I’ll be a citizen instead of simply a seasoned visitor. On this long, lingering summer evening, I wish you a peaceful night and a patient, glimmering year ahead. There’s a part of you in every word I write, every thought I think. It’s both a delight and a curse to feel one belongs in two places at once, but at least I know the places and no longer need to search. Iki malonaus.

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Looking forward to the Summer Literary Seminars

Am I excited about this summer’s SLS? I can’t really express the anticipation. However, I tried in this article.

As a side note, I’m excited to find myself in a new environment, at least for a short time, away from the community college. This week’s True Community explains why: ...the community college can become a lens, a point of perception, and if I sit too long inside it, I face the isolating illusion that the entire world has become disinterested in itself.

Hope you’ll check it out. SLS participants, see you there!

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Photo from SLS Facebook Page.

 


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Test your love. Say goodbye.

I just came back from the opening reception of the SLS Seminar here in Vilnius to see that my latest Good Men Project article has been published.

I had a moment at the Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. I’m going to be spending a very long time away from my wife and children, and it dawned on me that, in a way, I’m getting the break I long for most every morning when I wake up as an exhausted dad. It shook me to realize how I might feel once it started.

The article tells the rest. I hope you’ll read it.


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To SLS participants

I’ve noticed that the Summer Literary Seminar website has been directing traffic to Liquid Ink recently. That’s really exciting. I’m going to guess that participants are curious about me as a faculty member and what I’ll be contributing to the seminar.

If you’re curious about my writing, let me direct you to the following links:

This is to Finding the Moon in Sugar, the novel I wrote about an American naif who follows an internet bride to Vilnius. One Lithuanian journalist called it “the best guide to Vilnius nightlife” he had ever read.

This is to a republished (and retitled) version of my essay, Baptism Party, originally published in Antique Children, about my experience growing up with an alcoholic father. It describes some of the symptoms of PTSD, from which I suffer. If you don’t know, Lithuania has a serious problem with alcoholism. Quite a few Lithuanians grew up with alcoholic parents.

I also hope you’ll have a look at my essay, Displacing Forces, originally published in Dialogo, and edited by the vastly talented Achy Obejas, about my grandparents’ flight from Lithuania in 1945, and my subsequent return to their homeland. It’s about the tragedy of loss but also a celebration of what it means for a culture and a place to change and survive.

Thanks for all the interest. I’m really excited about the seminar and can’t wait to get to Lithuania. Pasimatysim (see you)!