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Aleksandr Kushner

Aleksandr Kushner was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1936, and his poetry resonates with its rich cultural heritage. He rose to prominence as part of the post-Stalin "thaw generation" that included Andrei Bitov, Joseph Brodsky and Evgenii Rein, and his work has reached new levels in both reputation and popularity since the break-up of the Soviet Union. He has won numerous awards, national and international, and his poems have been translated into over a dozen languages. Apollo in the Grass is the first volume in English translation of Kushner’s post-Soviet poems, and also includes certain earlier ones that could not be printed when they were written.

Aleksandr Kushner

Apollo in the Grass

Aleksandr Kushner; Translated from the Russian by Carol Ueland and Robert Carnevale
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The more softly the word is pronounced
The more ardent, the more miraculous.
The less it dreams of becoming a song
That much nearer it draws to music.

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