“Pussy insurrection are Vvedensky's disciples and his heirs.
Katya, Masha, and that i are in prison yet I don’t give some thought to that we’ve been defeated.... in keeping with the respectable document, Alexander Vvedensky died on December 20, 1941. We don’t recognize the reason, even if it was once dysentery within the educate after his arrest or a bullet from a safeguard. It used to be someplace at the railway line among Voronezh and Kazan. His precept of ‘bad rhythm’ is our personal. He wrote: ‘It occurs that rhythms will come into your head, a great one and a nasty one and that i decide upon the undesirable one. it is going to be the correct one.’ ... it's believed that the OBERIU dissidents are useless, yet they continue to exist. they're persecuted yet they don't die.”
— Pussy insurrection [Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s remaining assertion at their
trial in August 2012]
“I raise[d] my hand opposed to concepts,” wrote Alexander Vvedensky, “I enacted a poetic critique of reason.” This weirdly and fantastically philosophical poet was once born in 1904, grew up in the course of battle and revolution, and reached his inventive adulthood as Stalin was once twisting the that means of phrases in gruesome and deadly methods. Vvedensky—with Daniil Kharms the most important determine within the short–lived underground avant-garde crew OBERIU (a neologism for “the union for genuine art”)—responded with a poetry that explodes reliable that means into shimmering streams of provocation and invention. A Vvedensky poem is sort of a loopy occasion packed with theater, movie, magic methods, jugglery, and feasting. Curious characters seem and disappear, euphoria retains corporation with melancholy, outrageous assertions result in epic shouting suits, and maybe all of it breaks off with one lonely individual making a song a song.
A Vvedensky poem doesn’t make an announcement. it's an occasion. Vvedensky’s poetry used to be unpublishable in the course of his lifetime—he made a residing as a author for kids earlier than death below arrest in 1942—and he continues to be the least identified of the nice twentieth-century Russian poets. this is often his first e-book to seem in English. The translations via Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich, amazing poets of their personal correct, are as astonishingly alert and alive because the originals.
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Polysemic to the purpose of contradiction, Lipavsky’s “neighboring global” applies to something from the existential realities of crops or bugs, to different minds, parallel universes, or—most frequently in Vvedensky—the international of the lifeless. The latter seems to be in “The dying of the ocean” because the underwater city that the suicidal Dignitary needs to go into through falling into the window that's the sea. Politically, those writers’ symbolic, multi-perspectival, and relativistic mind set adversarial the one-truth versions of reasoning recommended through the kingdom, which claimed for itself a logical and clinical inevitability. Philosophically, they situated the roots of the distortion of truth in human cognition and language. Commenting on a university of memoirs approximately Pushkin, Vvedensky stated: fascinating how witness stories contradict one another even the place there may be no position for subjectivity. those aren’t unintended mistakes. Openness to doubt, non-coincidence with our logical framework, are found in lifestyles itself. and that i don’t know the way there may have seemed such fantastical worlds with targeted legislation, worlds that don't resemble genuine existence in any respect. for instance, a committee assembly. Or, say, the unconventional. the unconventional describes existence, time seems to be to stream there, however it has not anything in universal with actual time: there isn't any alternation of day and evening, humans have in mind their complete lives conveniently while in truth it’s uncertain you'll be able to take note even the day before today. besides, any description is simply undeniable improper. “A guy is sitting, he has a boat overhead,” at the very least should be extra correct than “A guy is sitting and examining a ebook. ” a lot of Vvedensky’s severe attitudes floor during this passage: views or neighboring worlds that make up the manifold of the true should not jointly translatable; all logical, causal, narrative, and linguistic types of fact are fake; the alogical language of bessmyslitza (meaninglessness) offers a extra honest photograph of fact than does rational language. In 1936, Vvedensky moved to Kharkov, Ukraine, with the lady who grew to become his 3rd spouse. It used to be there, within the relative safeguard of willed obscurity, that he wrote such poetic and dramatic masterpieces as “Frother,” “A specific amount of Conversations,” and “Where. whilst. ” Drawing at the hieroglyph of “neighboring worlds” to discover relationships between language, the ineffable, and the expectancy of dying, his overdue writing mourns the passing of poetry. The passing of poets didn't have lengthy to attend. In September 1937, Vvedensky’s spouse gave delivery to a son. numerous weeks later, Oleinikov used to be shot at the trendy cost of being a Trotskyite terrorist backed via eastern intelligence. In early 1938, Zabolotsky, who had attempted to ingratiate himself with the regime, was once seized as an operative of an imaginary terror phone. because the Germans complex on Kharkov in September 1941, Vvedensky and his family members attempted to board a teach of evacuee writers yet failed. He was once arrested a number of days later for plotting to stick in the back of and wear a jail teach headed east.