Valzhyna Mort &
Owen Good

Valzhyna Mort is a poet born in Minsk, Belarus (the former Soviet Union), now living in the United States. Mort has written and published three poetry collections in English, including most recently Music for the Dead and Resurrected (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020) for which she received the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize. Owen Good is a Northern Irish translator of Hungarian poetry and prose. Most recently Good translated Krisztina Tóth’s short story cycle Pixel (Seagull Books, 2019). He is editor of The Continental Literary Magazine and Hungarian Literature Online.

Photograph © Kapitonova / Gábor Valuska


Underwatersong by Kinga Tóth

Animals, language, and Dadaistic gestures collide in this poem by Hungarian poet Kinga Tóth, in a translation by Belarussian poet Valzhyna Mort with Owen Good.

Black Snow by Anna Terék

An alcoholic father is drafted during the Yugoslav war, in a poem by Hungarian poet Anna Terék, translated by Belarussian poet Valzhyna Mort with Owen Good.