Poems in Vilnius Review (2017)

Poems from 2017 issue of Vilnius Review—so grateful to Marius Burokas for publishing them! http://vilniusreview.com/poetry/201-lina-ramona-vitkauskas A sample:— Citizen (Lina) I braided my hair until I found a bloody stalk,yanked up with a sharp breath, as if I’d drowned. My dreams of Gediminas:        his tungsten ribcage, fangs     flashing, corpus          blown apart, singular         carbon   flecks   …

“…Lina ramona’s poems are saturated with chemicals, textures, atmosphere, and media…”

“The ‘trysts’ of Lina Ramona Vitkauskas’ chapbook, A Neon Tryst, are shot through with ‘neon’—that is, they are saturated with chemicals, textures, atmosphere, and media. According to this synthetic cosmology, ‘In an affair/arms laugh,/they become sheer.’ That is to say, they—arms, bodies, weapons, trysts—become both medium and adjective, both see-through and material. As in Antonioni’s great films, the…

“…a feminist enterprise in its daring, toppling film’s male gaze…”

“If film is linear, the ultimate time-based medium, during which we are supposed to listen and watch attentively, passively, Lina’s poems in A Neon Tryst talk back. These poems create simultaneity, layers, and distillations toward new narrative logics like ‘Let’s laugh until panties.’ Vitkauskas is watching for the poem in the film, writing her own…

“Lina ramona’s poetry combines the Handmaid’s Tale + mad science with the meaningful meaningless dialogue of politics and propaganda…”

Daniel Borzutzky, 2016 National Book Award Winner (Poetry): “It is strange to occupy the world of Lina ramona Vitkauskas’ poems, a world where beef takes nebulous forms, Jacques Derrida and Batman speculatively coincide, where cumin forms into fists, where W.H. Auden sets things on fire, while Sartre cowboys ride into a present tense that combines…

Published Essay: Brooklyn Rail’s Message Ahead – Jonas Mekas Anthology

So honored to be published in this anthology put out by Rail Editions (Brooklyn Rail) among some of Jonas’ esteemed collaborators, compatriots, and artistic peers. Jonas lived a full, cinematic life (R.I.P.) and this book of essays dedicated to his poems is a fitting tribute. Immense thanks to Vyt Bakaitis, editor and fellow Lithuanian brolis…