Bernardas Brazdžionis is Lithuania’s preeminent twentieth century poet. The first two collections of his poetry were published while he was still in secondary school. Two books were published when he attended the University of Kaunas, and many followed after his graduation. In 1939 he received the national literary prize for “Kunigaikščių miestas” (“The City of Dukes”). Under the pseudonym Vytė Nemunėlis he also wrote naby wonderful poems for children. The most famous pf these is “Meškiukas Rudnosiukas”(“Little Brown-nose Bear”). which has been reprinted numerous times since it was first published in 1939,
The idea to translate and publish Brazdžonis’ poems in English was first raised in 1957. Several poems were translated , but the effort was short-lived due to the difficulty of translating his poems and the cost of publishing. In 1982 another attempt was made at translation, but again it was fruitless. In 1995 the administration of the Lithuanian Scouts Association, Collegiate Division, took the initiative to restart the effort to have the English translation of selected poems by Bernardas Brazdžionis published. This book bears the fruits of the task.