Ugly Duckling Presse, December 2014. Paper Back. Used - Good. Item #289367
Poetry. Translated from the Russian by Tatiana Tulchinsky. Preface by Catherine Wagner. Almost ten years ago UDP published CATALOGUE OF COMEDIC NOVELTIES, a representative selection of Lev Rubinstein's note-card poems, a seminal body of work from one of the major figures of Moscow Conceptualism and the unofficial Soviet art scene of the 1970s and 1980s. These texts form what Rubinstein called a hybrid genre: at times like a realistic novel, at times like a dramatic play, at times like a lyric poem, etc., that is, it slides along the edges of genres and, like a small mirror, fleetingly reflects each of them, without identifying with any of them. As American scholar Gerald Janecek has noted, the texts are made up of language ready-mades (commonplace expressions, overheard statements, sentence fragments) and organized in such a way that we seem to be observing the creation of a poem from raw material.
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