Krišjānis Zeļģis (1985) is not only a brilliant poet, but also has worked in vineyards in France, worked in Mexico, has been a locksmith, baker, librarian, and a brewer. This diversity in experiencing the tangible world has allowed a wide and rich view of life to inform and his writing. Even though he is an author of just two collections of poetry, his poems have been published in various magazines, literary periodicals, and web-publications since 2003. His first collection All Those Things/Visas tās lietas was published in 2010, well received, and nominated for several awards. In a review of his most recent collection Beasts (2016), its editor Kārlis Vērdiņš says: "The protagonist of Krišjānis Zeļģis’ collection of poetry – an educated and curious city dweller – goes into nature in search of impressions. His main focus is on the wild beast which does not avoid contact with human beings, is covetous and unpredictable, and has both fun and anger in store for the hunter”. His poetry is as if written by an intrigued cultural vagabond, someone capable of seeing the entirety of the world in delicate detail, seeing it honestly.
Я такими глупостями больше не занимаюсь [I don't do this silly stuff anymore]. Moscow: Argo-Risk, 2016
Zvēri [Beasts]. Rīga: Neputns, 2016.
Mīļākie. [Loved Ones, mini-collection of poems]. Rīga: Ļoti, 2015.
Visas tās lietas [All Those Things]. Rīga: Mansards, 2010.
Я такими глупостями больше не занимаюсь
Я такими глупостями больше не занимаюсь (Visas tās lietas)
Title: Я такими глупостями больше не занимаюсь
Title*: Visas tās lietas
Book Institute, Russia
Poetry collection in Russian of Latvian author Krišjānis Zeļģis.
The author, the translator
In Beasts, Zeļģis assumes the role of curious city-dweller, who, in questioning his relationship with the natural world, realises it's not only the animals in fur and feathers whose behaviour is wild, instinctive and unpredictable.