Issue 9 Summer 2015 PAUL ADLER received his MFA from Columbia University, where Matthew Zapruder selected his thesis manuscript as winner of the 2012 David Craig Austin Prize. Paul currently works as the Assistant Editor of Westchester Magazine. JACOB M. APPEL is the author of the novels The Biology of Luck and The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up. His fourth collection […]
VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY (1893-1930) was a poet, playwright, artist, and actor associated with the Russian Futurist movement. The grudgingly respectful words of Marina Tsetaeva sum up well his life and work: “A rebel among poets; a poet among rebels.” Having lost his father at an early age, Mayakovsky moved with his family to Moscow in 1906 from Baghdati, Georgia, where he was born. He began to compose poetry in 1909 during a period of solitary confinement following one of his arrests for political activity. The 1912 Futurist publication A Slap in the Face of Public Taste contained Mayakovsky’s first published poems, along with the influential manifesto of that name. Alex Cigale’s translations of Mayakovsky’s poems are available online in Asymptote, Eleven Eleven, EM-Review, and Off Course.
TRANSLATOR’S NOTE: A collection of Mayakovsky’s writing on film, KINO, appeared posthumously in the USSR in 1937, and the constructivist influence of film on the structure of his own poems is evident throughout, as in his major work “Cloud in Trousers” (1915) which incorporates elements of film narrative suh as dissolves, ellipses, and parallel plots. In his […]
NONFICTION David Kirby Photos by Barbara Hamby Cows and Wows: Why India Works Depite Itself and What We Can Learn from Its Example INTERVIEW Garnett Kilberg Cohen Interviewed by Okla Elliott Freshness, Craft, and Time FICTION Jacob M. Appel Gable’s Whiskers David Armstrong Gracile Laurie Blauner The Solace of Monsters Garnett Kilberg Cohen Bad […]