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Kirill Medvedev

20 June 2013

Gestures of pure art are really not useful right now . . . your privileges, such as they are, whether of being “straight,” that is, a member of the majority, or the privilege of being an author, needs to be used without any shame or shyness, and without being afraid of didacticism—in some part on behalf of those whose much more serious and dangerous heroic acts no one will ever describe or record. More…

14 January 2013

a pretty girl hands out cigarettes near the metro,/ but smiles at me for free—/ and there’s nothing anyone can do about it./ and only me, I’m the only one who thinks / everything’s bought and paid for,/ I’m the only sad asshole who thinks that, / even if not everything’s bought and paid for yet,/ not everything’s stamped out,/ even if you can still win some kind of prize . . More…

the summer before last/ I got lost in berlin/ this was in/ Tiergarten/ I found myself/ in an absolutely empty square/ and all around was forest/ and the square was empty/ I saw a guy/ riding his bike/ and ran over to him/ and asked in english/ how to get to the center of town/ he was really happy to see me/ because he turned out to be a russian immigrant/ he got off his bike/ and started giving me directions More…

21 December 2012

Anisa and I/ were at a party/ with, for the most part,/ the young bourgeois intelligentsia—/ designers, journalists from popular magazines,/ and so on,/ and Anisa admitted to me afterward/ that she’s bored by such company,/ and I said to her, “Not to worry,/ before long you’re going to see something/ straight out of Dostoevsky,/ with no chaser” More…

2 April 2012

Those who once left for the West/ for stability/ for a normal life for their children/ to get away from this trash/ this Soviet mindset—/ are returning today to Russia/ where the local diumvirate has created a more or less/ decent environment for the middle class/ and reasonable conditions for business. More…

3 February 2012

The wife of an activist who died under strange circumstances,/ though more likely than not it was an accident,/ says to me that she literally finds herself shaking/ from everything that’s going on, the arrests and the interrogations of activists . . . / I’m sure you know the story of N, she says./ A labor activist, they planted drugs on him, he got five years. More…