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Level with Us
with translations by J. Kates
Softcover chapbook 28pp
A bi-lingual edition of 12 poems by Russian poet Mikhail Aizenberg.
Translations by US poet & literary translator J. Kates. Of Say Thank You,
J. Kates’ 2007 Zephyr Press volume of Aizenberg poems, F.D. Reeve wrote:
“Fresh and marvellous....a philosophical innovator always pressing new
thoughts out of language, each poem a repeated surprise.....These poems
and their skilled translations are our antennae through darkness.”
Once level with us, now under our feet
a honeycomb of chambers, like old, blocked mine-shafts.
Rubbish, made homely by petty creatures –
the crumbling earth piles up in strata.
MIKHAIL AIZENBERG was born in Moscow in 1948, & graduated from
the Moscow Architectural Institute in 1972. He has been writing poems
since the mid 1960s, & is a major figure in post-Soviet literature.
Translations of his work have appeared in numerous English-language
magazines, as well as in the anthologies Third Wave: The New Russian Poetry
(University of Michigan Press, 1992) & In the Grip of Strange Thoughts
(Zephyr Press, 1999). A bilingual chapbook of his poems, Less than a Meter,
was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2004, & a full-length bilingual selection, Say Thank You, was published by Zephyr Press in 2008. In 2002 Aizenberg was awarded a Brodsky Fellowship for residence in Rome, & in
2003 he won the Andrey Bely prize. He continues to live in Moscow.