Born in 1960 in Riga, poet Liana Langa (real name Liāna Bokša) studied in Biruta Delles’ painting studio, and the Philology Department of the Latvian State University (1979-81). She has also worked as a restaurateur in the Crimea and as a teacher in Riga. She spent the first part of 2000 in the USA as a student at the New School College in New York, where she studied philosophy and 20th century literature. Langa has worked for the international film forum Arsenal and as a translator from Russian and English. She was a consultant for the project Literature Express/Europe 2000 and had worked in the international relations and advertising bureau Idea Media. Currently, Langa is the manager of the Publishing House Apostrofs and a member of the editorial team of the literary magazine Latvju Teksti (Latvian Writings).


Liāna Langa Poems

The Ones Who Don't Belong 1.

I wake suddenly from deep sleep.
In the forest's undergrowth my shadow roams.
Hundred-thousand-year greedy muzzles suck
moisture clinging to a vessel of mist.... more »

The Ones Who Don't Belong 2.

Leaves frost-bitten by a harsh night rustle between my fingers.
A rook siddles closer
to a cross painted mud-colour. A white pebble thrown against
the cheap granite slab summons an echo... more »

The Ones Who Don't Belong 3.

You say to me - summer? Stop! Too much of glowing flesh, glassy
grey light on eyelids, the odour of decaying melons. Maybe
a movie, ditam, ditam? Dipetti, dipetti, perhaps to the Antarctic?
Don't be angry. Escape heals, but only for a space of time, just until... more »

Liāna Langa Quotes

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