By Alexander Vvedensky, Matvei Yankelevich, Eugene Ostashevsky
"Pussy insurrection are Vvedensky's disciples and his heirs.
Katya, Masha, and that i are in prison yet I don't examine that we've been defeated.... in accordance with the legit record, Alexander Vvedensky died on December 20, 1941. We don't understand the reason, no matter if it used to be dysentery within the educate after his arrest or a bullet from a safeguard. It was once 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, an excellent one and a foul one and that i opt for the undesirable one. will probably be the perfect one.' ... it really is believed that the OBERIU dissidents are lifeless, yet they survive. 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 fantastically philosophical poet used to be born in 1904, grew up in the middle of struggle 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 main determine within the short-lived underground avant-garde crew OBERIU (a neologism for "the union for actual art")--responded with a poetry that explodes solid which means into shimmering streams of provocation and invention. A Vvedensky poem is sort of a loopy social gathering filled with theater, movie, magic tips, jugglery, and feasting. Curious characters look and disappear, euphoria retains corporation with melancholy, outrageous assertions result in 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 an announcement. it really is an occasion. Vvedensky's poetry used to be unpublishable in the course of his lifetime--he made a residing as a author for kids sooner than death lower than arrest in 1942--and he is still the least recognized of the good twentieth-century Russian poets. this is often his first publication to seem in English. The translations via Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich, remarkable poets of their personal correct, are as astonishingly alert and alive because the originals.
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4 Many of us say you are not - and a good thing too. But how could that thing not be which can play such a trick ? If so much lives by you and could not die without you Tell me how far does it matter that you don't exist ? 0 T H E H EAVEN F O R D I S E N C H A N T E D M E N 1 Half-way along the road from night to morning Naked and frozen in a rock-strewn glen A chilly sky across it like an awning You'll find the heaven for disenchanted men. 2 Every thousand years white clouds will hover Up in the heavens.
You merely show them bread and leave them to perish. You merely lord it eternal, invisible Beaming and brutal over the infinite plan. 2 You let the young men die and those who enjoy their life But those who wanted to die you would not accept • . • Many of those who now lie rotting away Had faith in you, and died completely secure. 3 You let the poor stay poor for year after year Feeling that their desires were sweeter than your paradise Too bad they died before you had brought them the light But they died in bliss all the same - and rotted at once.
Oh heavenly sky of streaming blue I Enormous wind, the sails blow free I Let wind and heavens go hang I But oh Sweet Mary, let us keep the sea ! 5 They murder coldly and detachedly Whatever comes across their path They throttle gullets as relaxedly As fling a rope up to the mast. At wakes they fall upon the liquor Then stagger overboard and drown While the remainder give a snigger And wave a toe as they go down . Oh heavenly sky of streaming blue I Enormous wind, the sails blow free ! Let wind and heavens go hang !