© Pieter Vandermeer / Tineke de Lange
BiographyJaan Kaplinski was born in the Estonian university city of Tartu in 1941. His mother was a dancer and later a translator; his father lectured in Polish at the university. After completing his studies in French and linguistics, Kaplinski worked at the university in Tartu, in the botanical gardens in Tallinn and as a freelance writer. In the years 1992–95, he was a member of the Estonian parliament, and in 1997 guest lecturer in Tampere in Finland and Writer in Residence in Wales. Since then he has lived as a freelance writer on a farm in Southern Estonia.
Kaplinski also writes poems in English, Finnish and Russian. His work has been relatively frequently translated – in English alone there are six collections as well as one in Dutch (De bronmeester van Veskimõisa. Selection and translation from the Estonian by Külli Prosa. Leiden: Uitgeverij Plantage 1993).
© Cornelius HasselblattJaan Kaplinski took part in the Poetry International Festival Rotterdam 2006. This text was written on that occasion.
Poems of Jaan Kaplinski
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère