I was very saddened to learn today that the leading Estonian poet Jaan Kaplinski has died, aged 80, of motor neurone disease.
I have blogged about him several times over the years. You can find these posts here, here and here.
As I have said before, he is one of my go-to poets.
My love affair with his work began in the early nineties, when The Harvill Press began putting out his work in beautiful volumes: The Same Sea In Us All (1990), The Wandering Border (1992) and Through the Forest (1996).
Bloodaxe Books published a sumptuous Selected Poems in 2011, as well as a three-book compendium, Evening Brings Everything Back in 2004.
I re-read him most years, and am now doubly motivated to spend time in his wry, wise and riddling company.
Bloodaxe have published a summary of his life and work here, at the end of which is a video of Kaplinski reading his poems in English.
Very sad loss. I also valued his work.
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