Uldis Bērziņš is deemed a living classic and reformer of Latvian poetry. He is the author of more than 20 outstanding poetry collections, each of which has become a milestone in Latvian literature.
“This collection of poems has emerged from the poetry gourmet’s wish to skim off the cream from poetic and life situations. The inner person, without asking permission to any of your photos, decides not to shy away from his “greediness” – oh, just to have enough time still to eat and drink one’s fill of life! An irresponsible book, who knows, maybe the last one.”
Does the title of the new collection of poems Idilles (Idylls) promise, according to the rules of the genre, serene pastoral scenes of enlightened life, “turning away from anxiety and worries”? No – but also yes: it is intense, wise, manly and mature poetry where the existential harshness of reality is balanced by an enviable lightness of language, which can be gained only when one reaches the heights of mastery. The poetry of Bērziņš is a polyphonic play with poetic form and rhythm, with rich layers of language and meanings, and intellectual allusions. At the same time it displays the passion of being and freedom to travel in time and cultural space.