Robert Kamoyan (1937-2014) was an Armenian artist and theater director, born in Kapan, a city in Armenian SSR. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leningrad (1959-1960) but had to return to Armenia because of his father’s illness. In 1961 he enrolled at the Yerevan Institute of Art and Theater, in two departments –theater direction and painting. He graduated in 1966 and worked at Yerevan’s Russian Theatre and Tumanyan Theatre as a stage director and set designer. From 1968 to 1998 he worked at the Zangezur State Drama Theatre as a stage director and set designer. Since 1968, participated in many international and national exhibitions. His works were exhibited in St. Petersburg, Riga, Jurmala, Vilnius, Yerevan, and Kapan. Robert Kamoyan’s paintings are in many private collections around the world.
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.