I was very saddened to learn today that the leading Estonian poet Jaan Kaplinski has died, aged 80, of motor neurone disease.
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).
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.