Mart Kangur, a poet, is a master of word-play, at the same time with deceptively very pure, clear and simple language, seeming to write with captivating inner enjoyment and engagement. His debut collection of poetry, Kuldne põli (Golden Life, 2009), consisting of works written over a longer period, was honoured with the Tallinn University Literary Award in 2010; according to the jury he was said to mistrust language, as the latter allows and even demands it, his poetry being a philosophical study about the inner essence of language.

Kangur (born in 1971) is a Ph.D. student of philosophy at the University of Tallinn. He has translated poetry into Estonian. He has had previous distinction: in 2005 Kangur got the Betti Alver debut award for short stories in a collection written by three students of the Estonian Institute of Humanities.

As a poet, Kangur has a sensitive and emotional heart: the second part of Golden Life is a kind of travel book, either real or travels of thought, to Tartu, or Mari El, or Tibet: often a painful question of human rights and impossibility to help, to do something about it, or a sudden delight of outbreaking freedom and valour, as in the poem I Cry for You, Ukraine. 

Yet his poetry is not easy to embrace quickly: it is rich in intertextual reference, intertexts from the Cheshire Cat to Rimbaud and Buddha, with poems dedicated to Maurice Blanchot and Aleksis Kivi.


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