Maybe I do have a people that I belong to; my people’s culture and tongue is to stand around silently, being ranted at.
June 2, 2017
Book Tour Diary
Something is always breaking down on the New York subway, and when the loudspeaker announces it to the ladies and gentlemen, you have to invent a new route to your destination. On one occasion, I found myself walking back and forth through a subway station with a group of Chinese people, Latin Americans, and Europeans. None of us could manage to figure out a new way to get to Queens, where not a single train seemed to be going.
April 1, 2017
A panel discussion in honor of Other Russias
December 17, 2016
The American public, even the foreign policy-savvy pundit class, has remarkably short memories.
Why choose this particular tactic to destroy, or at least damage, Hillary? Simply put, Putin (if his media is any guide) believes that the US has already tried to influence Russian elections through leaks.
December 16, 2016
If the hack is a “political 9/11,” should we retaliate by invading and destroying Russia?
The current panic uses a definition of hacking that rates very low on the scale of cyberattacks, and blurs the line between actual security breaches and the dissemination of political propaganda.
”It’s forbidden to be sad in Georgia.”
Most of Günel’s reports deal with women’s rights in the South Caucasus.
“The lives of Azerbaijani women living in Tbilisi are different from those of Georgian women,” she said. “Azerbaijani girls are taken out of school by their families in the ninth grade and married off at the age of 14. If Azerbaijani girls resist, it’s suicide. Our child’s nanny became a grandmother at 32. Talk to her.”
Their nanny, Renka, agreed to pose for a portrait and talked a little bit about herself.
She was married at 13 and had a daughter when she was 14.
Life is hard, death is distant. Let’s multiply this by two and make it simpler.
you break off a piece of delicious biscotti / yeah. that would be a lot more realistic / after all you’re so interested in realism
“Your second mouth is celestially gentle.” / I say nothing. I’m Angela Merkel.
I see students, fire / /people marching, fire / trembling, feeling, blind / invincible and kind, fire
He’s still on top: / spinning out his dialectic / pillorying the fascists / demanding that his books also be burned on the square
Poetry after Brodsky
What these poets have in common is a desire to address contemporary Russian realities, and to occupy, through the medium of poetry, a position that has been both the glory and the curse of Russian poetry for the past two hundred years. That is, to be something more than poets.