Alexander Vvedensky: An Invitation For Me to Think (NYRB by Alexander Vvedensky, Matvei Yankelevich, Eugene Ostashevsky

By Alexander Vvedensky, Matvei Yankelevich, Eugene Ostashevsky

"Pussy insurrection are Vvedensky's disciples and his heirs.

Katya, Masha, and that i are in reformatory yet I don't ponder that we've been defeated.... in accordance with the authentic file, Alexander Vvedensky died on December 20, 1941. We don't comprehend the reason, even if it used to be dysentery within the teach after his arrest or a bullet from a protect. It used to be someplace at the railway line among Voronezh and Kazan. His precept of 'bad rhythm' is our personal. He wrote: 'It occurs that rhythms will come into your head, a superb one and a nasty one and that i opt for the undesirable one. it is going to be the suitable one.' ... it's believed that the OBERIU dissidents are useless, yet they live to tell the tale. they're persecuted yet they don't die."

-- Pussy insurrection [Nadezhda Tolokonnikova's final assertion at their trial in August 2012]

"I raise[d] my hand opposed to concepts," wrote Alexander Vvedensky, "I enacted a poetic critique of reason." This weirdly and beautifully philosophical poet was once born in 1904, grew up in the middle of conflict and revolution, and reached his inventive adulthood as Stalin used to be twisting the that means of phrases in ugly and deadly methods. Vvedensky--with Daniil Kharms the most important determine within the short-lived underground avant-garde team OBERIU (a neologism for "the union for genuine art")--responded with a poetry that explodes good which means into shimmering streams of provocation and invention. A Vvedensky poem is sort of a loopy celebration packed with theater, movie, magic methods, jugglery, and feasting. Curious characters look and disappear, euphoria retains corporation with melancholy, outrageous assertions bring about epic shouting fits, and maybe all of it breaks off with one lonely individual making a song a song.

A Vvedensky poem doesn't make a press release. it truly is an occasion. Vvedensky's poetry was once unpublishable in the course of his lifetime--he made a residing as a author for kids sooner than demise below arrest in 1942--and he continues to be the least identified of the good twentieth-century Russian poets. this can be his first ebook to seem in English. The translations by way of Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich, awesome poets of their personal correct, are as astonishingly alert and alive because the originals.

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One world: Poland, in ho-hum infant Dad, Vietnam black in his ribs, & twilight Detroit for brains, empty in empty. Moneystung, bummer daughters: he held out. Built pressboard desks in jail. Eight years, etc. A serious chime from some casino ( 33 ) lit an old light, and he fought us, fought cops, gave up for cash— a flux what seeks the dark, as a murmur of words, come tumbling. Released, he seemed old, not good-old, not mean-old, we joked. He knew the way back, fake gun, new note, mystery especially: at hand, mystery, in the parking lot at a party store, mystery.

So Lenin planned for bombs. Allowed for elimination dances. The paralyzing horror which is the backcloth of our age is here made visible. ( 48 ) So we stopped making up stories of how our horror was salvation and just lived it. ((( While Russolo made the organ sound like traffic. What instrument is the descendant of a weapon, he said. Is this a joke? Arp’s faithless reliefs bore down on us from the walls like no art in history, upon which we spat as if heaven stank more than our malty flesh and this dance floor, crumbling.

24 ) Mars Black i. Gold Winter. I seem to remember your black eyes, see, it would be fine if I never know you. Two straps on the back of a truck go after me like arms. As splendor is too often soft. ii. Tired of Designing Cereal Boxes. A year goes by and there you are. The man in the next car says don’t take me to the hospital. Goddamn most everything, goddamn us right up the middle— aches of teeth and the hate spot in my chest; I saw it my way and died there. iii. Understand: I listened to your recording.

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