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Aleksandr Skidan

Aleksandr Skidan (b. 1965) is a poet, critic, and translator living in Saint Petersburg. His 2005 collection Red Shifting (Krasnoe smeshchenie) was awarded the prestigious Andrei Bely Prize; an English-Russian edition was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2008. In 2018, he was awarded the Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship in poetry and spent the fall in Rome and Venice.

James H. McGavran III teaches Russian language and literature at Kenyon College. His collection of annotated translations of the Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, Selected Poems, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2013. He also published translations of Russian poet Elena Shvarts (1948-2010).

Three Poems

By Aleksandr Skidan

from In the Rereading (V povtornom chtenii, Moscow: ARGO-RISK, 1998) Translated from Russian by James H. McGavran III Russian • • Dissolution’s melancholy guard, in the ruins of a park […]