The XVI International Literary Festival
DRUSKININKAI POETIC FALL 2005
This year we
conclude our cycle of four
festivals focusing on the elements, dedicating this fourth to earth.
Thus the theme of this years conference is
Poetry and the Elements: Earth. Earth, in the context of the
elements, is first understood to be inert matter,
the tangible world of living and non-living objects. The text in our
depiction, from our experiences with arable soil, lifts things and
inter-relationships the way the sun in spring resurrects the green
shoots. How important is this tangible
fallow matter to poetry? Literary currents dry up, fashions pass,
conventional imagination that bristled in the air lies
forgotten. Later, researchers consider hypothetically which vital
juices nourished which style, which meanings
were shared by writers and by their adepts of past or distant cultures.
But for the reader, what lives is what poetry
manages to lift into his or her imagination. Are they completely new
shoots or only something a little bit
different? What is lifted and how is it lifted; for surely it is
lifted, since poetry has been written and read
for at least four thousand years. No doubt we will also not avoid
discussions of the semantics of earth in poetry. Though if we begin to
consider its changes in
space and time, all of DPF would not suffice. It seems to me that
earth, more than the other elements, is connected to that which we call
mentality our worldview. Of course, we can talk about earth in
ways as the mother of all that is alive, as the birth giver, and as
the territory which is occupied (now it is more accurate to say was
occupied) by language
the material of poetry, which in a real sense is also earth. Each point
of view is welcome so long as it helps us better understand these
Our guest at PDR this year is the eARTh of sculpture. Sculpture
is not only a thing; it is also a word with its own sensibility,
exactly like the poetic taking place in our imagination.
The festival will begin with readings in the American
Center in Vilnius by three
American women poets, Patricia Goodrich, Rebecca Seiferle, and J.C.
Todd. The following day, in the Writers Club, will be a meeting with
German poet Marcel Beyer as well as the traditional
evening of poetry by younger writers. The programs in Druskininkai and
in Vilnius will be relatively unchanged all the traditional events
will take place: two poetry evenings, the
presentation of books published during the year, chamber and night
readings, the presentation of work by guests from abroad in Vilnius,
and the evening in the Užupis
Café. Friday nights readings, The Night of the Single Poem, will
take place in Širdelė. They will begin with Vladimiras Tarasovas
reading his friends poems. Each participant will be expected to have
one shorter poem, because anyone can be
called upon to read without any prior warning. Saturday morning in the
new Dainava bathhouse, the mystery The Argument
of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth will be performed.
The following anonymous competitions will be held: a
single poem; the most material poem; and, the humorous: the most
fertilizing poem. Our guests will take part
in the competitions with Lithuanian translation of their work.
October 12. Wednesday
17.30 Three American Women Poets: Patricia Goodrich, Rebecca Seiferle,
and J.C.Todd (USA). American Centre. Vilnius, Pranciškonų 3/6.
October 13. Thursday
15.00 Afternoon with German poet Marcel Beyer. Translator Antanas
Gailius. Writers Club, Vilnius, K.Sirvydo 6.
17.00 Readings by young Lithuanian poets. Writers Club.
18.00 Departure of foreign guests to Druskininkai. Writers Club,
Vilnius, K.Sirvydo 6.
19.00 Mono-play by Birutė Mar From Diaries of Salomėja Nėris Poetess.
Pocket Hall of the Printing House of Arts. Šiltadaržio St. 6.
October 14. Friday
8.30 Departure of participants from Vilnius, Lithuanian Writers Union,
11.00 Registration of participants. Druskininkai, Centre Dainava,
Maironio St. 16.
13.30 Opening of the festival. Discussion: Poetry and the Elements:
Earth. Dainava, main hall.
13.00 Lesson in creative writing at Gymnasium, Atgimimo and Senamiesčio
High Schools (parallel).
15.30 Coffee break.
16.00 Discussion, part two.
19.00 Poetry readings. Dainava, main hall.
21.00 Night of one poem. Café Širdelė.
October 15. Saturday
11.00 The mystery The Argument of Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Dainava
14.00 Presentation of DPF anthology and other books. Dainava
Mini Book Fair in the Dainava Library.
15.30 Opening of photo exhibition by Dainius Gintalas and presentation
of the new book by Laura Cintija Černiauskaitė, Sofa Gallery,
Vilniaus St. 10.
16.00 Chamber readings by Lithuanian poets. Centre Dainava.
19.00 Final poetry evening. Presentation of the Jotvingiai Prize and
other prizes. Centre Dainava, main hall.
21.00 Poetry night: competitions and performances. Centre Dainava
October 16, Sunday
12.00 Departure to Vilnius.
18.00 Readings by DPF guests. Writers Club, K. Sirvydo 6.
0ctober 17, Monday
117.00 Informal poetry readings in Užupis Café. Republic of
For one poem;
For the most material poem;
For most fertilizing poem (humorous).
Public Organization Druskininkai Poetic FallDainava.
Reading poets at the
Foreign poets - Translators:
1. Marcel Beyer (Germany) - Antanas Gailius
2. Anneke Brassinga (The Netherlands) - Antanas Gailius
3. Pēters Brūveris (Latvia) - Vytautas Dekšnys
4. Duncan Bush (Wales) - Eugenijus Ališanka
5. Kristina Ehin (Estonia) - Erika Drungytė
6. Patricia Goodrich (USA) - Sonata Paliulytė
7. Bob Hansson (Sweden) - Liana Ruokytė
8. Brian Johnstone (UK) - Kornelijus Platelis
9. Christian Katt (Austria) - Kęstutis Navakas
10. Marija Martysievič (Belarus) - Vladas Braziūnas
11. Sabina Naef (Switzerland) - Tomas S.Butkus
12. Bragi Ólafsson (Iceland) - Jurgita Marija Abraitytė
13. Claudio Pozzani (Italy) - Valdas Petrauskas
14. Rein Raud (Estonia) - Erika Drungytė
15. Steven Schroeder (USA) - Marius Burokas
16. Rebecca Seiferle (USA) - Laurynas Katkus
17. Ilpo Tiihonen (Suomija) - Danutė Sirijos-Giraitė
18. Gunnar Wærness (Norway) - Nora Strikauskaitė
1. Bengt Berg (Sweden)
2. Styrbjörn Gustafsson (Sweden)
3. Boel Schenlaer (Sweden)
4. Gerardo Beltran (Mexico)
5. Ināra Cedriņa (Latvia)
6. Andrei Chadanovich (Belarus)
7. Leszek Engelking (Poland)
8. Izabela Korybut-Daszkiewicz (Poland)
9. Robert Ostaszewski (Poland)
Reading Lithuanian poets:
Their translators into English:
1. Jonas Jackevičius, Judita Glauberzonaitė - Kerry
2. Birutė Mar - J.C.Todd
3. Tautvyda Marcinkevičiūtė - Julie Kane, H.L.Hix, Manly Johnson
4. Marcelijus Martinaitis - Jonas Zdanys
5. Kęstutis Navakas - Jonas Zdanys
6. Donatas Petrošius - Jonas Zdanys
7. Rimvydas Stankevičius - Jonas Zdanys
8. Patricija Šmit - Zuzana Šiušaitė