Lyudmyla Khersonska

Lyudmyla Khersonska lives in Odessa, Ukraine. She’s the author of two books, Vse svoi, named one of the ten best poetry books of 2011, and Tyl’naia-litsevaia (2015). She has won the Voloshin competition, among other awards. Evenings devoted to her poetry have been held in Moscow, Kiev, Lviv, Munich, and New York; her work has also been translated into Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and German. In English, her poems appear in Adirondack Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Words Without Borders, where she was recently recognized as one of “33 International Women Writers Who Are Bold for Change.” The poems presented here will appear in the three-volume anthology Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine, selected and edited by Oksana Maksymchuk and Max Rosochinsky, forthcoming from Academic Studies Press (Brighton, MA).


Untitled [“i planted a camellia in the yard”] by Lyudmyla Khersonska, translated by Katherine E. Young

    i planted a camellia in the yard. i wanted to be a lady, not a war-ravaged rag, to cast down my lashes, let fall a light glove, put on red beads, patent-leather boots, i listen: are there explosions, does someone stomp the earth....     Lyudmyla Khersonska lives […]


Untitled [“One night, a humanitarian convoy arrived in her dream”] by Lyudmyla Khersonska, translated by Katherine E. Young

    One night, a humanitarian convoy arrived in her dream. Legs drawn to her chest, head under the sheet, she sleeps on her right side, back braced by the wall, the way people sleep during humanitarian wars. The same exact way all tribes sleep at all times, waking only […]