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Russian Vers Libre and the Poetry of Ilya Semenenko-Basin

Russian vers libre remains one of the most contradictory and unacknowledged genres of contemporary Russian poetry. Even though Russian free verse has existed since the 19th century, and some critics consider Slovo o Polku Igoreve* as the first known prototype … Continue reading

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Interview with Ilya Kukulin about the Trends of the Modern Russian Literature

  Editor’s Note: Kukulin is often called one of the best Russian literary critics, but he is also a poet and a scholar. He graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in psychology and obtained a degree of Ph.D. … Continue reading

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The Art of Poetry Translation

My original intention was to write about my work on the English translation of the poetry by contemporary Russian authors. In my mind poetry translation is walking a road alongside the author and his thoughts, imagery and poetic imagination,  where a … Continue reading

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Chasing the Black Hen or Phantasmagoria in the Provincial City

Discussing the “New Epic” in Contemporary Russian Poetry In an interview with “Vrijj Nederlands” in 1982 describing Russian poetry, Joseph Brodsky mentioned that in his opinion, there were only two outstanding poets left (Eugenii Rein and Yurii Kublanovsky – E.D.): … Continue reading

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The Magnificent Garden of Brodsky

“Listen, my boon brethren and my enemies! What I’ve done, I’ve done not for fame or memories In this era of radio-waves and cinemas, But for the sake of my native tongue and letters !” 1972 —  Joseph Brodsky Translated … Continue reading

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