DRUSKININKAI POETIC FALL 2000
The eleventh Druskininkai Poetic Fall took place during the warm and sunny days of October 6 to 8, 2000, and brought together more than 120 poets, translators, and critics from Lithuania and from other countries. Guests from abroad were Eduards Aivars and Marts Pujats (Latvia), David Carrion (Spain), Craig Czury (USA), Manfred Chobot, Christian Loidl, and Philip Scheiner (Austria), Gerardo Beltran (Mexico), Ken Edwards (England), Jan-Pierre Faye (France), Leszek Engelking, Jacek Posialdo, Kristyna Rodowska, Isabela Korybut-Daszkiewicz, and Zuzana Jaroskiewicz (Poland), Lars Mikael Raattamaa (Sweden), Sergej Zavialov (Russia); Lithuanian authors living abroad Kazys Almenas and Eglė Juodvalkė (USA), and Lidija Šimkutė (Australia); and Alicija Rybalko, who lives in Germany and writes in Polish.
The theme of the conference was "Addresser and Addressee: Epistolary Rudiments." The discussion examined several issues: The extent in literature of an author's direct relationship with concrete individual human rudiments and whether writers actually engaged in such relationships and why. How the epistolary genre in literature and in life is changing, given the evolution of new communications technologies. And, whether behind the writing, for everyone and for no one, loom the faces of near and distant people. The discussion was led by Bronys Savukynas and Marijus Šidlauskas; the principal discussion paper was presented by Kęstutis Nastopka; and discussants included Vytautas P. Bložė, Sigitas Geda, Liudvikas Jakimavičus, Eglė Juodvalkė, Mykolas Katkus, Kornelijus Platelis, Alicija Rybalko, and Sergej Zaviolov. The conference included an interesting exhibit of literary letters. A display in the grand hall of the Danaiva Centre, of letters on linen by Rimvydas Pupelis from Obeliai, flowed outward and was displayed on the park's trees.
The poetry evening on Friday was led by Laurynas Katkus and Gintaras Grajauskas. Actress Olita Dautartaitė read poems by Donaldas Kajokas and other readers were Lidija Šimkutė, Christian Loidl, Ken Edwards, Vladas Braziūnas, Lars Mikael Raattamaa, Tautvyda Marcinkevičiūtė, Eduard Aivars, Marts Pujats, Alicija Rybalko, and Alis Balbierius. The night readings by young poets were led by Benediktas Januševičius, and reading their works were Tomas S. Butkus, Rimantas Kmita, Laurynas Katkus (third prize), Dalia Jazukevičiūtė, Darius Šimonis, Liudvikas Jakimavičius (third prize), Dainius Gintalas, Marius Burokas (second prize), Renata Radavičiūtė, Gytis Norvilas (first prize), Mykolas Katkus, Žilvinas Andriušis, and Kristina Apanavičiūtė.
Saturday began with the second annual "Renga" session. This year it was decided not to keep to the Japanese canon but to write quatrains; to create them, each participant was asked to add two lines to the two lines written by the preceding author. Practice proved that disregard of the canon leads to no good.
The presentation of books published during the year demonstrated that Vaga and the Lithuanian Writers' Union publishing house published the most volumes. Also presented was the DPF almanac, published by Vaga and edited by Gintaras Bleizgys.
Poetry readings at the opening of the literary letters exhibition were led by Ričardas Šileika and included Sergej Zavialov, Manfred Chobot, Kristyna Rodowska, Jan-Pierre Faye, and David Carrion.
The formal final evening of poetry was led by Sigitas Geda and Almanatas Samalavičius. First, the year's laureates were announced. The sixteenth Jotvingiu Prize was awarded to Alfonsas Bukontas for his volume The Fifth Season of the Year, translations of the Bhagavadgyta, Lev Karsavin's, and Moshe Kulbak's poetry. The prize for the best debut volume of poetry was awarded to Gintaras Beresnevičius "for poetry in essay writing". Prizes were awarded by Arūnas Bėkšta, Minister of Culture, and by DPF Chairman Kornelijus Platelis. Next, the select jury committee (B. Savukynas, R. Baltrušaitytė, J. Riškutė, and M. Šidlauskas) announced the winners of this year's competitions. Winners of the competition for the best anonymous poem were Sergej Zavialov, Kornelijus Platelis, Dainius Gintalas, Liudvikas Jakimavičius, and Gintaras Grajauskas. Winners of the competition for a poem dedicated to a specific individual were Vladas Braziūnas, Martin Chobot and Gintaras Grajauskas with Rimantas Kmita. All of the winning poems were read by the winners. During that final evening, Craig Czury, Dovile Zelčiūtė, Philip Scheiner, Viktoras Rudžianskas, Jacek Posiadlo, and Danguole Juzeliūnaitė read from their works. The fruit of the collective "Renga" writing was also presented.
The concluding night readings were led by Alvydas Šlepikas and Liudvikas Jakamavičius. Kornelijus Platelis expressed gratitude to the event's sponsors and organizers and presented them with copies of the DPF almanac, autographed by all of the participating authors. Wine and poetry poured out together, love was in the air, music played, couples danced, and night gently overtook the world and the senses.
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