Alexander Makarov-Krotkov was born in 1959. His poetry began to appear in samizdat in the mid-80s. In 1989 he was published in famous émigré Paris-based journals “Kontinent” and “Mulet”. After 1989, his work began to appear in literary magazines in his homeland. He was published in a wide spectrum of literary journals and anthologies both in Russia and abroad, in Russian as well as in translations. Alexander Makarov-Krotkov is the author of seven books of poems, laureate of several literary prizes, and participant in many national and international festivals, he lives in Moscow.
These English poems by Gari have the same energy and elegance as his Russian poems, and they are enriched by his multilayered, polyphonic use of the English language to express thoughts and feelings with sophistication and humor.
This new edition by Shearsman Press (UK) contains translations of Marina Tsvetaeva’s narrative poems (поэмы). They can be seen as markers of various stages in her poetic development, ranging from the early, folk-accented On a Red Steed to the lyrical-confessional Poem of the Mountain and Poem of the End to the more metaphysical later poems, An Attempt at a Room, Poem of the Mountain, a beautiful requiem for Rainer Maria Rilke, New Year’s Greetings, and Poem of the Air, a stirring celebration of Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight and the quest for the soul’s freedom. These translations were first published by Ardis in 1998 and reprinted by Overlook in 2004 and 2009. The current edtion was published by Shearsman Press (UK) in 2021.