An Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets

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Valentina Polukhina, Daniel Weissbort
Carcanet, 2005 - Russian poetry - 266 pages
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Includes works by writers from former Soviet Republics such as the Ukraine and Russian women poets living abroad. This anthology provides insights into post-Soviet reality, from the point of view of women writers who were less compromised by the Soviet system, offering more resistance to the pressures of political conformism.

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In one of this anthology's briefest poems, Olga Ivanova asks: "Do I hold the past in my hands / Perhaps / A little too tightly?" This question drives many of these poems crafted by Russian women over ... Read full review


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Polukhina is professor of Russian Literature at Keel University

Daniel Weissbort was born in London, England on April 30, 1935. He studied history at Queens' College, Cambridge. After briefly working in his father's clothing factory, he took up research work in poetry in post-Stalinist Russia. He was the founder with Ted Hughes of Modern Poetry in Translation (MPT), a magazine that publishes the best of world poetry in translation, in 1965. Weissbort edited MPT until 2004. He worked as a professor of English and comparative literature and leader of a translation workshop at the University of Iowa. He edited numerous anthologies including An Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets and was the author of collections of poetry including Letters to Ted. He died on November 18, 2013 at the age of 78.

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