Poetry. Edited by Anastasiya Osipova. REPORTED SPEECH is a bilingual edition of Pavel Arseniev's (Saint Petersburg) poetry with an introduction by Kevin M.F. Platt (University of Pennsylvania). Arseniev's poetry provides a living link between the legacy of the 1920s Soviet avant-garde art and theory, on the one hand, and the modern Western materialist thought on the other. It traces how these influences become weaponized in the language of contemporary Russian protest culture. Arseniev readily politicizes all, even the most mundane facts of the poet's life, while approaching reified bits of found speech and propaganda with lithe, at times corrosive irony and lyricism.
Pavel Arseniev (b. 1986) is a Russian artist, poet and theoretician. He is also known for editing and galvanizing intellectual forces around the St. Petersburg-based journal of poetics and theory, Translit—an activity for which he received an Andrei Bely prize, Russia's most prestigious literary award—and for inventing the slogan that became a rallying cry of the 2012 anti-Putin protests. His poems have been translated into English, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Bulgarian, Polish and Slovenian.Author City: SAINT PETERSBURG RUS