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Madara Gruntmane


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Translated by Marta Ziemelis and Richard O'Brien

Narcoses (translated from the Latvian Narkozes) is a collection of fresh, powerfully feminine and open poetry, never derivative nor contrived, but inspired by Gruntmane’s direct and honest personal experience. Full of life and love, joy, and pain, Narcoses is written with keen psychological insight and a courageous amount of self-awareness, to establish an intimacy and trust between poet and reader.

Narcoses is part of the 'Parthian Baltic' project. The project was launched at the Parthian poetry festival at the Wheatsheaf and the London Book Fair 2018 (focus region: Baltics).



Madara Gruntmane is a poet and pianist. Born in Liepāja, Latvia she holds a BA in Cultural Management and has been writing poetry since kindergarten. Her collection of poems Narkozes won her the Annual Latvian Literature’s Reader’s Choice Award in 2016. Since 2010, she has been leading the creative company ‘I Did It’, responsible for organising a number of cultural projects in Latvia and internationally, including Creative Summer Workshops, and Poetry Day events in Riga and Liepāja. She is currently working on her second book of poems.