The Russian poet Igor Kholin died in 1999 an underappreciated talent, but his literary star is on the rise. His Selected Poems were published in 1999 to wide acclaim, followed by his collected prose. This year, a new collection of his diaries and prose will be published in Russia. Ugly Duckling Presse released Kholin 1966: Diaries and Poems this past spring. We’ve published an excerpt of these diary entries—selected from his 1966 diaries and translated by Ainsley Morse and Bela Shayevich—below. —Ed.
I remember that as a kid I was particularly sensitive to verbal insults.
I think that poems should adhere to three rules. They should be:
1) Formally solid.
I came to these conclusions in part after reading a piece by Krishnamurti.
Both my neighbors were utterly drunk. One of them dragged the other one home on a horse. They’re both around 70. Read More