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Another Babylon

Winner of the 2010 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize.

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In Another Babylon the poems whisper and call to each other, weaving a “mesh of little certainties” that is boundless. Gods, myths and folk tales, be they borrowed or idiosyncratic, are the carriers of wisdom in these poems but the paradox of their message is clear.

It is the truly conscious individual who is informing and informed by the cosmos. With a craftsman’s care and precision, Vlanes presents his world. Directly yet subtly it enters the reader’s nervous system to articulate the sheer vitality of life.



Vlanes (Vladislav Nekliaev) was born in 1969 in Astrakhan, Russia. He has degrees in journalism, Ancient Greek and Latin, as well as a PhD in Russian and Translation Studies from the University of Queensland (2007). He completed the first Russian translation of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s sonnet sequence The House of Life, published, with extensive commentaries, in Moscow in 2009. He is currently translating the extant tragedies of Euripides from Ancient Greek into Russian. Vlanes has lived in Brisbane since 2001.