This may be a gross misconception, but from a literary perspective, it seems somewhat erroneous and even painful to ask many authors to burn unfinished works after their death. A striking example of this error is the case of Franz Kafka, who ordered his literary agent to destroy all unfinished works after his death. Fortunately for readers, the word given to the writer was broken, and the world saw the entire literary legacy of the great writer. Like Kafka, Vladimir Nabokov also bequeathed to burn his unfinished works, but his wife and son could not fulfill the Creator’s will. Continue reading
5 centimeters per second
Some poets say that poems can’t be read aloud, that you can only say them to yourself, with your inner voice. This is a very sound idea, but… personally, for me, acquaintance with many poems began with the voice and intonation of a stranger. Of course, most of the audio poetry was drawn from songs: both well-known romances and compositions not very familiar to the General public. But I’ll write about the songs some other time. Today we will focus on the art of reading. Continue reading
But even the thought of-what’s his name? – immortality
there is a thought of solitude, my friend.
Conversation with the celestial
When I was seven years old, and a large bag of chips in Moscow cost only six and a half rubles, far away in the West, a poet with the biblical name Joseph, not very well known at home, died. Brodsky, of course, did not manage to live up to the moment when every schoolchild would know about it. Continue reading