Alexander Vvedensky: An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB/Poets)

“Pussy rebel are Vvedensky's disciples and his heirs.
      Katya, Masha, and that i are in penal complex yet I don’t think about that we’ve been defeated.... in accordance with the professional record, Alexander Vvedensky died on December 20, 1941. We don’t recognize the reason, even if it was once dysentery within the educate 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 very good one and a nasty one and that i decide on the undesirable one. will probably be definitely the right one.’ ... it truly is believed that the OBERIU dissidents are lifeless, yet they continue to exist. they're persecuted yet they don't die.”
  — Pussy insurrection [Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s ultimate 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 battle 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 key determine within the short–lived underground avant-garde staff OBERIU (a neologism for “the union for genuine art”)—responded with a poetry that explodes solid that means into shimmering streams of provocation and invention. A Vvedensky poem is sort of a loopy celebration choked with theater, movie, magic tips, jugglery, and feasting. Curious characters look and disappear, euphoria retains corporation with melancholy, outrageous assertions bring about epic shouting suits, and maybe all of it breaks off with one lonely individual making a song a song.

A Vvedensky poem doesn’t make an announcement. it's an occasion. Vvedensky’s poetry used to be  unpublishable in the course of his lifetime—he made a dwelling as a author for kids ahead of loss of life lower than arrest in 1942—and he continues to be the least identified of the good twentieth-century Russian poets. this is often his first e-book to seem in English. The translations through Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich, awesome poets of their personal correct, are as astonishingly alert and alive because the originals.

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It kind of feels top to not sigh, simply because then the rumbling will succeed in her ears. A stuffy nostril additionally usually ends up in attribute noises. this is often most likely the end result of apprehensive pleasure. Why the frightened pleasure? The intercourse act, or anything love it, is an occasion. An occasion is whatever new, and to us otherworldly. it really is of 2 worlds. coming into the development, it’s as though we're coming into infinity. yet then we quick go out it, operating. We accordingly event the development as existence. And its finishing as demise. After it ends, every thing is again so as, there’s no lifestyles and no demise both. that suggests the fearful pleasure sooner than the development, and the ensuing rumbling within the abdominal or stuffy nostril, take place in anticipation of promised lifestyles. but there’s one other, particular element to it. definite, the item is that right here you furthermore may have one other player, the lady. There are of you. differently, except this episode, you’re regularly on my own. truly, you’re by myself right here, too, however it turns out at that second, particularly, ahead of that second, there are of you. it sounds as if with a lady you won’t die, that during her there's everlasting existence. 1932–1933 [M. Y. ] Contracting Syphilis, Amputated Leg, Extracted the teeth Why am I so scared of contracting syphilis or getting a the teeth pulled? other than the soreness and issues, there’s additionally this. firstly, it brings the quantity series into your existence. At this aspect a counting approach starts. it's a extra scary counting process than the person who starts off at start. With beginning you can’t consider, it occurred to everybody, nobody reports the frightfulness of it, every body celebrates it (birthdays and name-days). My remain in pretrial detention used to be scary within the related means. And secondly, there’s whatever undesirable within the manner that it was once whatever certainly ultimate and singular, anything that happened, whatever current. And that, in my figuring out, additionally becomes a host. it may be encompassed by way of the #1. And one, i feel, is a person’s complete existence from begin to end, and regularly we should always merely adventure this one in our ultimate second. yet right here it unexpectedly enters inside of your existence. this can be an irremediable tragedy. A pulled the teeth. At this element the exterior occasion coincides with time. You sit within the chair. And whereas he’s boiling the tongs, after which taking them out, time, time, time starts off to boost on you, and the following comes the observe all at once, after which comes the development, choked with overseas content material. And the the teeth is long past. All this frightens me. At this element enters the be aware by no means. 1932–1933 [M. Y. ] visitor on a Horse Horse of the steppe runs drained, froth drips down the equine lip. visitor of the evening, you expired, you unexpectedly vanished mid-gallop. there has been night. I can’t take into account, every thing was once black and proud. I forgot the lifestyles of phrases, beasts, water, and stars. night used to be at a distance from me, of many miles. I heard the hoofbeat of a horse, I didn’t comprehend this hoarse message, i presumed it used to be a attempt run of an object’s transformation from iron into note, into noise, dream, drop of sunshine, catastrophe, loss.

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