This Is Us Losing Count: Eight Russian Poets

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6.0 X 7.0 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author
Olga Sedakova is an internationally recognized poet and thinker. Emerging out of the late Soviet Underground, she has gone on to become a voice of conscience in the post-Soviet era. Sedakova is the recipient of many awards, including Russia's Andrei Bely Prize. Her poems engage diverse modes, from the folkloric to the metaphysical, and reflect an ethic and aesthetic grounded in Russian cultural tradition and informed by a "longing for world culture" (Osip Mandelstam).
Sarah Coolidge is an editor at Two Lines Press and series editor of the Calico Series.

"Despite the remarkably distinct stylings of the eight individual poets, the collection carries a level of cohesiveness and unity that is rarely found in even the most meticulously designed novels. Made even more impressive by the seamless work of seven talented translators (the original Russian remains on the pages, adjacent to the English translations), This Is Us Losing Count is for anyone interested poetry, dreams and memories." --Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"Stunning...a fascinating glimpse into modern Russian poetry that leaves me longing for more." --Book Riot

"The poems in this volume are bold and forthright yet bracingly controlled, vivid in their imagery and visionary in their imaginative reach. Taken together, they testify to a new efflorescence of Russian poetry--a blossoming that was seasons in the the making, like the January flowers in one of Alla Gorbunova's lyrics, translated by Elina Alter: 'white at first glance, but then / a thousandfold colors.'" --Boris Dralyuk, author of My Hollywood and Other Poems and Editor-in-Chier of Los Angeles Review of Books

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"A fantastic and deeply philosophical addition to Two Lines' Calico series of collected works in translation." --Booklist, on Elemental

"[Elemental's] mission is to show, by removing these texts from their natural habitats and plonking them on a stage devoid of context with no illumination but the harsh gaze of the quizzical reader, just how good translations can be. And I'm very pleased to report that the exercise is remarkably successful." --Kit Maude, Akimbo Books, on Elemental

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"Marvelous...a credit to the art of both poets and translators." --Cynthia Hogue, author of In June the Labyrinth and co-translator of Joan Darc, by Nathalie Quintane, on Home

"Unbelievably exciting...These are poems to read and reread, repeating the lines as though they were a secret between yourself and the page." --The Paris Review, on Home

"The poems in this anthology abound with vivid imagery and moving remembrances of the past. They're also a powerful demonstration of how, using only a handful of words, a poet can create an entire world--as Mohamad Nassereddine does in 'The Mechanic's Heresy.' Observe: 'When the mechanic in blue / stares up at the sky, / for a minute, he thinks himself God.' Haunting and resonant throughout." --Words Without Borders, on Home

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