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Ukrainian poet Bohdan Rubchak dies in U.S.

He was one of the founders of the New York group
14:49, 24 September 2018

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On September 23, a Ukrainian poet, professor of the Illinois University Bohdan Rubchak died, as Sergiy Trymbach, a movie critic, wrote on his Facebook page.

According to him, a prominent Ukrainian poet died yesterday morning, on September 23, in the New Jersey hospital at the age of 83.

“One of the founders of the New York group passed away, a poet of a special melos of the Ukrainian poetry, literature connoisseur, erudite, my friend, with whom I’ve been friends for 10 years. This friendship was an honor to me. Last years, Bohdan spent in Boonton (New Jersey, U.S.) with his wife. His house and his heart were open for the world, he knew the worth of the words and could revive them like a magician,” the movie critic wrote.

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Bohdan Rubchak was born in 1935 in Kalush. In 1943 he moved to Germany with his parents, and after his father died, he moved to the U.S. with his mother.

Rubchak is the author of numerous poetic collections, like Kaminnyi sad (Stone Orchard, 1956), Promenysta zrada (Bright Betrayal, 1960), Divchyni bez kraïny (For a Girl without a Country, 1963), Osobysta Klio (Personal Clio, 1967), and Marenu topyty (To Drown Marena, 1980)—and a volume of collected works, Krylo Ikarove (The Wing of Icarus, 1983).

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