I “draw” my poems. I see an image and dress it up in the clothes of poetry. I’ve done this since I was six, just barely having learned to write. There is this idea, with which I would have to agree, that artists are pretend scientists trying to understand or to clear up how and from what the world is made. By relating stories, I investigate and attempt to uncover the minefields and treasure islands hidden inside of us. Beauty is inexhaustable, just like the pain that surrounds us. Poetry is a way for me to make peace with the constant changes in which we are engulfed, as well as to understand the world, and to accept it as it is.
Indrė Valantinaitė (b. 1984, in Kaunas) is a Lithuanian poet. After graduating from a Jesuit gymnasium, she studied arts management at Vilnius University and at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. She published her poems in many periodicals, and printed her first book in 2006. Her first book, "Of Fish and Lilies" earned her the first prize in the poetry category of the 2006 First Book Contest of the Lithuanian Union of Writers. Her second book “Tales about Love and Other Animals” (2011) has won the Young Yotvingian Prize in 2012. In addition to writing poems, Indrė is a singer, a winner of several singing festivals and also she is a TV journalist and producer.
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