Marina Temkina was born in Leningrad and emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1978. She published five poetry books in Russian between 1995 and 2019 and three artist books in collaboration with Michel Gerard, a French artist, and her partner. Marina’s book In English, published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2009, consisted mostly of concrete poetry installations. Marina Temkina is a poet-artist; she exhibited her visual work in the US, Russia, and France. She received National Endowment for the Arts in 1994 and was a Charles Reason Fellow on the Future of New York in 1999/2000.
This collection, compiled, translated, and edited by poet and scholar Ian Probstein, provides Anglophone audiences with a powerful selection of Mandelstam’s most beloved and haunting poems.
This collection of personal essays by a bi-national Russian/U.S. author offers glimpses into many things Soviet and post-Soviet: the sacred, the profane, the mundane, the little-discussed and the often-overlooked. What was a Soviet school dance like? Did communists go to church? Did communists listen to Donna Summer? If you want to find out, read on!