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Antanas Kalanavičius

(1945-1992)


A.Kalanavicius

    Antanas Kalanavičius is a poet of the eighth and ninth decades who kept aside and did not participate in the literary life for a long time. A subtle lyricist with strong inner experience, especially of the nature, a creator of the particular poetic language.
    A.Kalanavičius was born on June 5, 1945 in the village of Sapiegiškės near Nedzingė in the district of Varėna. He attended the secondary school at Nedzingė. In 1965-1968 he studied Lithuanian language and literature at Vilnius University and Vilnius Pedagogical Institute. He began his literary attempts in his teen ages, and his first verse was published in the district newspaper of Varėna. Since 1965 his poetry was published in various newspapers and journals. In 1967-1968 A.Kalanavičius tried to write songs.
    The last years of his life A.Kalanavičius had spent in his native village. He died on September 13 in 1992 and is buried in Sapiegiškės.
    A.Kalanavičius is a poet of tragical destiny. All his brief life he was writing poetry and prepared several selections of verses for print, but none of these books appeared while he was alive. After his death the only book, a selection of poetry There Are not Rocks Lying, was published.