Aleksandrs Caks

Aleksandrs Caks

Aleksandrs Caks (1901–1950) is a Latvian urban poet who is opposed to the rural traditions of Latvian literature. Boldly, sometimes brutally, Caks poetizes the life of the night Riga, the existence of homeless people there, the fate of prostitutes, even listens to the tunes of the municipal sewer. He is a master of hyperbole, temperamental free verse. After the occupation of Latvia by Soviet Russia in 1944, Caks remained living in his hometown. The Astrolabe Publishing produced an illustrated collection of the poet’s early, pre-occupational works, translated into Ukrainian by Yurii Sadlovskyi (1970–2018).

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