Viktor Bagrov: Publish this Pain

I first met Viktor “The Mole” Bagrov in May 2017 in the palace-city of Peterhof.  The Chto Delat School was holding its end-of-year festival at the lovely QuartaRiata art residency, and Bagrov was always there in the courtyard, just hanging out. Bagrov wasn’t in the school, he just came for the party. He doesn’t rememberContinue reading “Viktor Bagrov: Publish this Pain”

Elena Kostyleva: The Language of Violence

I inaugurate my new stand-alone blog, on USAmerican National Coming Out Day, with a translation I did of Elena Kostyleva’s epochal poem, “The Language of Violence”, way back in 2014. Those were some fucked up days, almost as bad as these ones. The Russian Empire was at open interventionist war in Ukraine after the Maidan Revolution,Continue reading “Elena Kostyleva: The Language of Violence”