Skip to content

** Summer Book Box due out in June. Members get 25% off Books **

The Cerulean Bird by Matilda Olkinaitė, trans. by Laima Vincė

Regular price £8.00

Unit price per 

only 0 left in stock

Please note: Individual book orders to Europe are shipped DDU (Delivery Duties Unpaid) and customers in the EU may have to pay local import VAT and customs duties in the receiving country. This doesn't apply to quarterly member mailings.

Matilda Olkinaitė was only 19 years old when, in 1941, she was murdered by Nazi collaborators in her native Lithuania. Many of the poems in this chapbook were writt en in a notebook that, prior to Matilda’s death, had been given to the Catholic parish priest, Father Juozapas Matelionis, for safekeeping. Shortly before his death, Matelionis revealed its hiding place to organist and political dissident, Alfredas Andrijauskas who, in his turn, kept the notebook safe for more than three decades until 1987, when he handed it to Holocaust survivor Irena Veisaitė; at around this time, Veisaitė also acquired Matilda’s diary from another source and this too contained poems. Both notebook and diary came to the att ention of the poet and translator, Laima Vincė, who, working directly from Matilda’s handwritt en poems, translated all 34 poems in the notebook, plus those jott ed down between diary entries. The poems included in this chapbook span Olkinaitė’s short life and Vince’s powerful, yet sensitive, translations, together with her illuminating introduction, allow the English-language reader access to the work of a remarkable and prescient young writer who, had she lived, would undoubtedly have become an important poet.

Arc Publications



Join the Poetry Book Society for 25% off all books

Close (esc)


Use this popup to embed a mailing list sign up form. Alternatively use it as a simple call to action with a link to a product or a page.

Age verification

By clicking enter you are verifying that you are old enough to consume alcohol.


Your cart is currently empty.
Shop now