translated from the Russian by Philip Metres and Dimitri Psurtsev
Arseny Tarkovsky (1907–1989) is one of the great Russian poets of the twentieth century. He survived the entire Soviet era—suffering a leg amputation during World War II—by his work as a translator of poetry. His renown grew with the publication of his first book in the 1950s, and again in the 1970s, when his son the filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky used readings of his father's poems in his films The Mirror and Stalker.
Philip Metres is the author of a number of books, including abu ghraib arias, which won the Arab American Book Award for poetry in 2012. He teaches at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. See more at his website and blog.
Dimitri Psurtsev is a Russian poet and translator of British and American authors. He teaches at Moscow State Linguistic University. His two books of poetry, Ex Roma Tertia and Tengiz Notepad, were published in 2001.