Sergey Sergeev is an artist, sculptor, and architect. He was born in 1949 in Novosibirsk. After graduating from the Institute of Architecture, he was sent to Vladivostok, where he lived and taught drawing and architectural design at the Polytechnic University. In 2005, he and his family moved to St. Petersburg, where he continued his teaching career at St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University. Sergey Sergeev participated in many collective and five personal exhibitions. In addition to graphics and painting, he is works with abstract sculpture. Many of his works are in private collections in Russia as well as in China, Japan, Bulgaria, Spain, the Czech Republic, and the United States.
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.