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Gogol in Rome

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Katia Kapovich creates a gallery of narrative portraits that are both unheroic and unforgettable - mute children, laundering women, Moldovan homosexuals, beggars, pickpockets, peasants, Israeli Bedouins, Russian draftees, Soviet boy scouts, political convicts, all at home in Dostoyevskian, borderline worlds. She documents the great beauty that can emerge from marginalized ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 25th 2004 by Salt Publishing
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Feb 15, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Her poems often begin in a very unassuming way, and then by the end they have punched you in the stomach.

(courtesy of Mariam)


favorite fragments of poems:

pg 10

Landscape moves behind curtains,
hills roll out into a plain. Last night I noticed
we were going slower: a bookshelf in a suitcase,
the windmill of a dusty fan, a fly on the faucet.

pg 13

I open a door (not the one I open)
and there's a gothic shadow
all over a rusty Christmas tree
leaning against a street lamp.
I take a step, two steps, from th
Jul 02, 2007 Nicole rated it really liked it
Jugular and operatic, Kapovich's tome is one of upheaval and disparity told through the metrics of song with disarming sincerity. Intentionally (and mostly successfully) derivative, her vignettes channel Russias' stalwart canon in their descriptions of the post-Soviet/new Russian experience. An essential piece of identity poetics.
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Feb 20, 2009 Philip Nikolayev rated it it was amazing
This Russian poet's first book written in English, a tremendous success. Blended influences of Russian, English and French poetic traditions.
Dec 18, 2008 Dean rated it it was amazing
A famous poet in Russian, here Kapovich makes her debut as a wonderful, beautiful poet in English.
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Katia Kapovich (Russian: Катя Капович) (born 1960) is a Russian poet now living in the United States. She writes in both Russian and English.

She was born in 1960 in Kishinev, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union (now Chișinău, Moldova), the only child of Jewish parents. She emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1990. In 2002 she received the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the United States Library of Congress.
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