Poetry. Edited by John High and Vitaly Chernetsky, Thomas Epstein, Lyn Hejinian, Patrick Henry, Gerald Janecek, and Laura Weeks, this anthology traces the course of Russian poetry at perhaps its most crucial moment since the early nineteenth century. CROSSING CENTURIES focuses on transformations in Russian poetry in the last fifty years, with particular attention to the Brezhnev and Gorbachev years and the profound changes in language and values that followed the collapse of the Soviet regime. Translations are by some of the foremost Russian-English translators and distinguished poets of our time; most were prepared especially for this volume. Featuring Nina Iskrenko, Ivan Zhdanov, Arkady Dragomoschenko, Alexei Parshchikov, Mark Shatunovsky, and many others.
A recipient of four Fulbright Fellowships, John High has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and Arts International. He is a member of the Moscow Club Poetry and a founding editor of Five Fingers Review. Poet, translator, Zen monk—he has written ten books, including the novel THE DESIRE NOTEBOOKS. VANISHING ACTS is the fourth volume in the interconnected series of poetry collections following HERE, A BOOK OF UNKNOWING, and YOU ARE EVERYTHING YOU ARE NOT. He has taught creative writing and literature in Moscow, Istanbul, Hangzhou, and San Francisco, and currently directs the MFA Creative Writing Program at LIU Brooklyn.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA