Price: U.S. $5.00
Series No.: SMC 029
ISBN: 1-55713-107-4, Pages: 167
Russian Literature, Poetry
A Sun & Moon title.
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In 1990 Sun & Moon Press published the first American
translation of the brilliant Soviet poet Arkadii
Dragomoschenko, Description. That book garnered
a great deal of attention in the United States and led one
critic, Marjorie Perloff, to ponder about the possibility of
influence of contemporary Soviet poetry upon American
writers. Perloff notes that Dragomoschenko's "is a poem of
the body, of the 'skin of sun that turned into the reverse side
of touch....' Parody, pastiche, even irony -- these plays a
subordinate role to passion, and especially to vision."
Writing in The Hungry Mind Review American poet
C.D. Wright concluded: "This is poetry. Immodest.
Magisterial. More or less impenetrable. The relation of
language is potential but not improvisational. The vocabulary
for this is happily idiosyncratic.... Description is a
radical exercise book for life."
In his new collection, Xenia, Dragomoschenko
continues to explore the world about him, a world in which
the natural, in which nature is more radical than most
psychologically motived and realist-oriented poets have ever
recognized it to be. "I spent a life / which no one here ever
saw in dreams." As Dragomoschenko makes clear at the
very beginning of this stunning and profound work: "We see
only what / we see // only what / lets us be ourselves -- /
Visionary that he is, Dragomoschenko allows the whole
terrifying universe into his vision: "Yesterday there was still
popular down -- but today / the children burned the ox."
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