Apollo in the Grass: Selected Poems Aleksandr Kushner

ISBN: 9780374105730

Published: July 21st 2015

Hardcover

112 pages


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Apollo in the Grass: Selected Poems  by  Aleksandr Kushner

Apollo in the Grass: Selected Poems by Aleksandr Kushner
July 21st 2015 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 112 pages | ISBN: 9780374105730 | 5.18 Mb

The more softly the word is pronouncedThe more ardent, the more miraculous.The less it dreams of becoming a songThat much nearer it draws to music.-from Apollo in the GrassFor the Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, the poems of Aleksandr Kushner wereMoreThe more softly the word is pronouncedThe more ardent, the more miraculous.The less it dreams of becoming a songThat much nearer it draws to music.-from Apollo in the GrassFor the Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, the poems of Aleksandr Kushner were essential: Kushner is one of the best Russian lyric poets of the twentieth century, and his name is destined to rank with those close to the heart of everyone whose mother tongue is Russian.Apollo in the Grass is the first collection in English translation of Kushners post-Soviet poems, and also includes certain earlier ones that could not be published during the Soviet era.Kushner speaks to us from a place where the mythic and the historic coexist with the everyday, where Odysseus is one of us, and the stern voice of history can transform any public square into a harrowing schoolroom.

This layering of times and events is also embodied in Kushners distinctive poetic voice. Echoes of earlier Russian poets and styles enrich and complicate an idiom that is utterly natural and contemporary.Now, as in the Soviet era, Kushners work is especially cherished for its exemplary stoic integrity.

But these lyrical poems are also pieces of exquisite chamber music, songs where poetry dazzles but greatness is . . . sooner scaled to the heart / Than to anything very enormous.



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