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Vivarium is a collection about connection and alienation, belonging and place. Pärtna explores the uneasy co-existence of the past and the present, on a national and global scale, and looks ahead to the future with anxiety as well as hope. She reflects on the effects of Soviet rule on Estonian society and the national mindset, and on humanity's treatment of natural habitats. Stories of personal trauma play out against a backdrop of major environmental changes, loss of biodiversity, and global warming. Maarja Pärtna is part of the new generation of young Estonian poets, and this edition has been awarded funding by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. walls are something we have always built. walls to keep something in walls to keep someone out stone axes, arrowheads faces transformed by hate masked by friendly glances. what does history tell us? of walls: their construction and destruction. walls – and graves. which are also a kind of wall for keeping the dead on the side they belong.