Igor Satanovsky (b. 1969 in Kiev) is a visual artist, poet, editor, translator, curator, and award–winning book designer. He had solo art exhibits at the Zverevsky Center of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2019) and Outpost Gallery II in NYC (2017); and collaborated with Boris Lurie Art Foundation on organizing and curating various International art projects since 2010, including Boris Lurie’s retrospectives at Berlin Jewish Museum (2016) and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg (2019). Igor is Chief Editor of Novaya Kozha, a Russian-language almanac of arts and letters, and a recipient of the 2021 David Burliuk Prize (Otmetina) for experimental poetry. He authored seven collections of poetry and two albums of graphics. He is a member of the editorial boards of A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (Richard Kostelanetz, various editions, USA/UK, 1999–2019) and Cultural Dictionary of the 21st Century (Moscow, 2020).
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.