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literature

Pushkin and the Trauma of the Flood

The Russians of today show no sign of pulling down the great statue of Peter the Great that overlooks the Neva. Nor do they show any signs of cancelling Pushkin.

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history literature

Strange Freedom

From this traumatised, divided old Russian Soviet poet, we learn about our own strange freedom.

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literature

The Seminar and the Last Night

Shvarts has become for me an important poet.

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history literature

The Irony of Chekhov

Something tells me Chekhov and the innovations in drama he bequeathed to us may appear in my podcast series on the gifts of Russian culture.

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literature

Republishing blogs as books

The focus of my writing attention over the last couple of weeks has been on editing a collection of my blog posts that I will publish as books.I don’t know how common it is to republish blogs as books, if in edited and curated form. It seems little different to me to the many collections of oped, short essays, book reviews and occasional pieces that do get published quite often.

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literature

A relic of another time

The Russians with Attitude podcast released to their subscribers a feature this week on the Russian writer and mystic, Mikhail Bulgakov. Bulgakov made his way from a medical student in Kiev through the Civil War in Russia and Ukraine to a difficult life as a writer for newspapers, theatre and novels in the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote a great account of the Civil War in The White Guard, and of course the masterpiece for which he earned posthumous fame, The Master and Margarita. [Read more]….

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literature

Podcast #21 – Special on 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature

Join the The Burning Archive Podcast on Apple or Spotify and other platforms for a special feature on the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature, and learn not only about the hushed excitement of the winner (sshh no spoilers), but the history of the prize, favourite winners, best losers, and most contentious scandals. Congratulations to Abdulrazak […]

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Flowers of the Mind literature

Flowers of the Mind 1. (září, week 3, 2021)

Michael Oakeshott, Marina Tsvetaeva, Elena Shvarts, Russian Ark, St Petersburg

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literature Personal story

Watch my poetry readings on YouTube

I have begun a YouTube channel, The Burning Archive, where I will feature short videos of my writing and interests in culture, history and literature. To begin the channel I am releasing a set of five poems that I have read from each of the fascicles of Gathering the Flowers of the Mind: Collected Poems, […]

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literature Personal story

My collected poems published and on sale now

I am very pleased to announced that I am publishing my collected poems, Gathering Flowers of the Mind: Collected Poems, 1996-2020 in both a print and e-book edition. You can purchase through online retailers such as Amazon and Booktopia. You can buy the print edition from Amazon here and the e-book edition from Amazon here. […]

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literature quotations to write by

A task: from Milosz to me

This morning I read this poem. “A task” by Czelaw Milosz, chosen randomly from his collected  poems. It reminded me of the post I made on reading this poem initially in 2017.  It resonated again today amidst so much degraded public discourse. I will add to this repost the closing paragraph of the other poem […]

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literature What I am reading

The poet W as comedian

Wallace Stevens is a poet of comedy, and comedy relieves the distress of tragic history. Comedy reconciles the restless, Romantic imagination with the present and the real. When the world falls apart, one must cultivate one’s garden, but also tell some comic stories over dinner. It is comedy, not alone but inseparable, that moves the infinite conversation on.