Jüri Talvet

About the poet:

Jüri TALVET was born in 1945 in Pärnu (Estonia). A graduate of the University of Tartu (1972) and a PhD by Leningrad (St. Petersburg) University (1981), he has chaired since 1992 World / Comparative Literature at Tartu University, where he also founded Spanish Studies. In 2016 he was elected member of Academia Europaea. He has published a number of books of poetry and essay, of which selections in translation have appeared in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Serbian, Japanese and Catalan. Since 1996 he has been the main editor of Interlitteraria, international journal for comparative literary research. He was awarded Estonian Annual Prize of Literature for essay (1986), Juhan Liiv Prize of Poetry (1997), Ivar Ivask Memorial Prize (2002) and Naji Naaman International Literature Honor Prize (2020).

Mis on mu lootus? küsid.
Võibolla tuul ja lained eales
ei kanna sind minu randa.
Mis on mu lootus? Uskmatuseks
aeg lõpeb, teesklusteks
ja peeneks sõnaseadeks. Õitseb
see arm ja kasvab, nii nagu
õitseb õunapuu, miks, küsimata
seda, iga küsimata, õitseb
arm jumal-emas, nii nagu kestab
maa peal püha sõda.

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What is my hope? you ask.
Maybe the wind and waves
will never carry me to your shore.
What is my hope? The time is over
for unbelief, for pretense
and for subtlety. This love
blooms and grows, as an apple tree
blooms, without asking why,
without asking about age, love
blooms in god-mother, as on the earth
holy war persists.

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