Poetry. Women’s Studies. Translated from the Lithuanian by Rimas Uzgiris. Ilze Butkute’s poems are peopled with dwarves and lovers, magicians and cats, who navigate both the daylight and the darkness of life and relationships, trying not to stumble. They contain both silences and all the hullaballoo of the Carnival. These poems, drawn from her first two collections, dazzle not with legerdemain nor linguistic acrobatics but with Butkute’s bold imagery and deep insights, her spare language.