Air-raid sirens across the country
It feels like everyone is brought out
But only one person gets targeted
Usually the one at the edge
This time not you; all clear
Translated from the Ukrainian by Anatoly Kudryavitsky
First published in the anthology entitled "Invasion: Ukrainian Poems about the War",
SurVision Books, Dublin, Ireland, 2022.
Victoria Amelina is a Ukrainian novelist, essayist and activist. She was born in 1986 in the city of Lviv, Ukraine. Victoria Amelina is winner of the Joseph Conrad literature prize 2021 and finalist of European Union Prize for Literature 2019.
She is a founder of the New York Literary Festival that takes place in a small town called New York in the east of Ukraine. Before becoming a writer, Victoria Amelina worked in high tech as an engineering manager. She holds an MS degree in Computer Science.
In 2014 she became a laureate of the Ukrainian National Literary Award Koronatsiya Slova, and released her debut novel. She is most known for her two novels, 'Fall Syndrome, or Homo Compatiens' and 'Dom’s Dream Kingdom'.