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This item is taken from PN Review 261, Volume 48 Number 1, September - October 2021.

News & Notes
Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze · the Jamaican­ American poet died in August at the age of sixty-five. We will publish a celebration of her by SuAndi in PNR 262. Her British publisher, Bloodaxe, describe her in these terms: ‘Jean’s performances were so powerful that she was called “a one-woman festival”, a testament also to the way in which she fully embodied the characters she brought to life in her poems, male as well as female.’

Jaan Kaplinski · one of Estonia’s outstanding poets and cultural figures died in August at the age of eighty-one. Born in Tartu shortly after the Soviet Union annexed Estonia, to an Estonian mother and a Polish-Jewish father, he described the repression, fear and poverty in which he grew up. His father starved to death in a Soviet labour camp, having been a professor of philology at the University of Tartu. Jaan became a student and then a scholar of Romance languages and linguistics. He lectured on the History of Western Civilisation at Tartu and studied Mahayana Buddhism and philosophies of the Far East. He published collections of poetry and essays in Estonian, Finnish and English, and in more recent years he wrote Russian, also, producing a collection of poems in 2014. His work has been widely translated. Gary Snyder said, ‘he is re-thinking Europe, revisioning history, in these poems of our times. Elegant, musing, relentless, inward, fresh. Poems of gentle politics and love that sometimes scare you.’ His British publishers include Bloodaxe who in 2004 published Evening Brings Everything Back and ...


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