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City of the Sun by Anastasia Radievska


The City of the Sun is Flying Islands’ first Ukrainian-English poetry volume, and a first book of poetry by Ukrainian-Australian, Anastasia Radievska. Riffing on Thomas Campanella’s early seventeenth-century work of the same title, the book deals with the ever-sinister side of utopics. A certain amount of history reflux melds with intergenerational aspects of migrant experience. Presence is always ambiguous in The City of the Sun. Various literary/mythological presences carry us through the work, along with a series of monochrome wall plates by the author. The personal is always political in these pages and generally quirkily so. We’re always ending up where we neither would have expected nor would we have wished to be.
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Anastasia Radievska is a Ukrainian-born writer and community organiser currently living on Gadigal land. Her poetry has been published in Cordite Poetry Review, Rabbit Poetry Journal, and the Red Room Poetry ‘Writing Water’ anthology. A zine she coproduced with staff and students participating in the University of Sydney 2022 strikes recently appeared in Axon: Creative Explorations journal. Anastasia is a policy researcher and law student. She is interested in the interweaving of personal and collective histories in poetry, and the way these can open up new spaces of freedom.


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