Zdanys Publishes Three White Horses

News Story: September 1, 2017

Jonas Zdanys, Ph.D., professor of English and Poet in Residence at Sacred Heart University, has just published a new book titled Three White Horses. It is a collection of 70 poems that, he explains, constitute a lyrical-narrative sequence. It includes 26 original inkbrush paintings on rice paper made for the book by the Chinese painter Sou Vai Keng, who lives in Macau.

The "setting" of the sequence, Zdanys said, is a room in an unnamed city whose windows face a town square in which there is a bronze statue of three horses. Just beyond the square is a view of part of the city down to a river that flows through the center of that city. The poems describe experiences taking place on one snowy night in late November between midnight and dawn. The narrator of the poems is someone who is sitting in a small dark room, from time to time looking out the windows.

“In many ways, this book is a natural outgrowth of my last two books:  in it, I combine the impulse toward the “epiphanic moments” of Red Stones and the explorations of internal and external geographies that I work with in St. Brigid’s Well,” Zdanys explained.

Zdanys received his B.A. in English from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York. A bilingual poet and translator, he is the author of 48 books, 44 of them collections of poetry, written in English or in Lithuanian, and of his translations from the Lithuanian. He has received a number of prizes, book awards, writing and travel grants, and public recognitions for his own poetry and for his translations, most recent among them an exhibit about his life and work by the National Library of Lithuania, writing and translation grants from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, appointment as Phi Beta Kappa Poet at Connecticut College, and selection as Featured Poet at the Scissortail Literary Festival. He has taught at the State University of New York and at Yale University, where he held a number of administrative positions and was a Scholar-in-Residence in the Yale Center for Russian and East European Studies. As part of his international activities, he was appointed a consultant for the reorganization of higher education by the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and the Lithuanian Parliament. Before coming to Sacred Heart in 2009, he served for more than a decade as the state of Connecticut’s Chief Academic Officer.