ANOTHER BOOK AND MORE NEWS FROM JONAS ZDANYS (BR):
July 7, 2020 in Arts, Notes, Publications
A collection of poems by Jonas Zdanys (BR), The Angled Road: Collected Poems, 1970-2020, has been published by Literary Press Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. As stated in a review in World Literature Today, “A remarkable poetry career is packaged in this collection. Jonas Zdanys has published poetry in English for fifty years. Additionally, he has published works in Lithuanian while also serving as the foremost translator of Lithuanian works into English. Together, his literary output exceeds fifty titles. This latest collection features most of his poems published in English during the past fifty years. The titles are arranged by publication date, from the latest, Notebook Sketches, published in 2019, to the earliest, with a significant amount of writing from 1970, featured in Voice on an Anthill.”
Jonas also sends the following personal update: “We are all right so far in the currents of this plague. Jean is at my daughter Kristina’s and has been since mid-March. Kristina ’04 and her husband Algis are working from home. She is a geriatric psychiatrist and he is an architect, so telehealth and other forms of connection seem to be working for them. My granddaughters are/were being home schooled, so Nana stepped in to help when the schools closed. My younger daughter, Joanna ’07, and her husband, Jason Lee ’07, live in Cobble Hill in Brooklyn — where the pandemic is much more concentrated — and they have been locked down pretty tightly, though also able to work from home. She is an attorney with the Brennan Center, and he is a hedge fund manager, so they are able to meet their responsibilities from a distance. I’ve been here FaceTiming them all and, once a week, driving up to visit my granddaughters; it’s hard to not hug the girls. They’re used to seeing me in a mask now and my younger granddaughter tells me I look like a sly fox. I am indeed! I’m pretty much of an introvert so being alone isn’t too onerous, but this is beginning to get exhausting. I am redeemed by the fact that I have polished up my cooking and baking skills. I made my first ever pear galette the other day. It came out well. I’ve made arrangements with the University to teach my three courses online in the fall, so won’t be on campus. I’m truly worried about what’s going to happen across all campuses when those kids return. I hope all will turn out well, but I’m not sure. I hope that all of our classmates are staying safe and well and happy.”
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