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Vivarium is a pamphlet of poems by Maarja Pärtna, translated from Estonian by Jayde Will.

“in a vivarium a root of thought

feels the shape of the future, discovers

its own strange side.”

Paperback ISBN 978-1-912915-42-2
Publication date: 20th February 2020
Page count: 32

Maarja Pärtna

Maarja Pärtna (1986) is an Estonian poet, editor and translator with four poetry collections: At the Grassroots (2010), which was shortlisted for the Betti Alver Debut Award, Thresholds and Pillars (2013), [becoming] (2015) and Vivarium (2019). She has won the Juhan Liiv Poetry Award and is the co-founder of the poetry press Elusamus. Her poems, which have been translated into numerous languages, weave connections between the human and non-human worlds and address issues of identity and belonging.


Vivarium is a collection of poems about connection and alienation, belonging and place. Pärtna explores the uneasy co-existence of the past and the present, on a national and global scale, and looks ahead to the future with anxiety as well as hope. She reflects on the effects of Soviet rule on Estonian society and the national mindset, and on humanity’s treatment of natural habitats. Stories of personal trauma play out against a backdrop of major environmental changes, loss of biodiversity, and global warming.

Maarja Pärtna is part of the new generation of young Estonian poets. This edition has been awarded funding by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

‘The poems seem to inhabit dream-like landscapes and dreams…’ Sabotage Reviews

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Dimensions 12.9 × 19.8 cm

Print, eBook

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