Alphabet for the Entrants
Author: Vasilisk Gnedov
Translators: Emilia Loseva and Danny Winkler
Publisher: Ugly Duckling Presse (2018)
Bringing together a selection of his early Futurist works and poems from his later years, Alphabet for the Entrants is the first stand-alone volume of poetry by Vasilisk Gnedov available in English. Marked by the vibrancy and self-grandiosity of a rising literary star, the early poems seek to forge a new language by dissembling the old. The later poems, stripped of formal experimentation, reveal a meditative consciousness refined through years of personal turmoil. By turns inscrutable and aphoristic, caustic and tender, morose and ebullient, the poems express the poet’s evolving view of poetry and the rapidly changing world around him.