Aivars Madris has been writing poems for more than a decade. Little has been published so far, but his poems that have appeared in the magazine Latvju Teksti, in the online magazines Punctum and Satori, as well as in the books-magazines of Satori, have attracted attention as a new, noteworthy voice in Latvian poetry. The collection Zonas (Zones) comprises texts produced over the aforementioned ten-year period, reflecting the maturing of the author’s personality and literary style.
“Zones, as the name suggests, covers different spheres or zones of life: there is the personal experience with scenes of childhood and youth, and the expansion of the intellectual world, reflecting on different cultural events and history of Latvia, but also, as befits, the emotional experience of love that passes through the personal relationships story reflected in poetry. At the same time, Zones is also an effort to acquire a wide range of poetry writing experiences, not being afraid of classical solutions or experiments, and paying homage to the works of contemporaries and other Latvian and foreign poets whose impressions are scattered all through the collection.”
“The collection of Aivars Madris offers a wide range of themes and forms: from nostalgic childhood memories of Liepāja and motives of Latvian history to intimate love poetry and translations of audio-visual works into the language of poetry. The author’s rapid shifts from the documentary to imaginary and from prose to poetry make his collection an exciting reading that requires active participation from the reader.”
Aivars Madris was born in Liepāja in 1987. After the studies at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Latvia, he lives and works in Riga. Parallel to poetry, he writes about literature and film, and translates prose and poetry, including Sharon Olds, Frank O’Hara, August Kleinzahler, and works by other American authors.