Vyt Bakaitis, a native of Lithuania, has been living in New York City since 1968. Two books of his poems are still in print: City Country (Black Thistle Press, NYC, 1996), and Deliberate Proof (Lunar Chandelier Press, Brooklyn NY, 2010). CON/STRUCTS, his book of visual poems and photographs, came out in a limited edition (Arunas K. Photo+Graphics, NYC, 2001).
Vyt has also published translations of poetry from several languages. His versions of the classic Romantics Hölderlin and Mickiewicz are included in World Poetry (W. W. Norton, 1998). In 1996 his versions of two early books of Lithuanian poems by Jonas Mekas, Idylls of Semeniskiai and Reminiscences, came out in a bi-lingual edition (There Is No Ithaca, Black Thistle Press). The Lithuanian Writers’ Union subsequently published two bi-lingual volumes of his selections from 20th-century Lithuanian poetry: XL Poems by Julius Keleras (1998) and the anthology Breathing Free (2001). In 2003, Daybooks 1970-1972, the second book of his translations from Mekas appeared (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, NYC).