This substantial selection from the work of the Russian poet Lev Loseff, in his long-standing collaborator G. S. Smith's consummate translation, offers English-speaking readers the opportunity to experience its immense scope and appeal. It is difficult to overstate the richness of Loseff's work with its vast range, from close and often sardonic observation, to surreal depictions of different purgatories and hells. Although Lev Loseff lived for much of his life in the United States, teaching Russian Literature at Dartmouth College, a great many of his poems are set in a St. Petersburg / Leningrad of his memory and imagination. The city of his birth and childhood often metamorphoses into a kaleidoscopic world of reminiscences and fantasy in which the poet's vision roams among the ghosts of his past in search of meaning and understanding. The reader's own voyage through the pages of this volume will be every bit as stimulating.
Published March 2012