Into the Snow: Selected Poems of Gennady Aygi

Into the Snow: Selected Poems of Gennady Aygi


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Into the Snow: Selected Poems of Gennady Aygi by Gennady Aygi

Gennady Aygi's poems are as pleasurable for the uniqueness and clarity of their crafting as they are for the spirit they express.

and — the fields — rise — into the sky
from each star — there is — a course
to every other — star

Gennady Aygi (1934–2006) is regarded as the Chuvash national poet. Relatively unpublished until the 1980s in the Soviet Union, he has been celebrated abroad, nominated for the Nobel Prize on multiple occasions, and translated into more than twenty languages.

Sarah Valentine is a poet and scholar who teaches at the University of California Riverside. This is her first book of translations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933517537
Publisher: Wave Books
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Gennady Aygi (1934-2006) is widely considered to be one of the great avant-garde poets from the former Soviet Union. He wrote and lived during times of extreme terror and suffering for the people of the Soviet Union and because of the repressive censorship, like many writers of his generation Aygi could only publish his work abroad, and even then at great peril to himself and the people who helped him smuggle his work out of the country.

Sarah Valentine ’s first book of translations, Into the Snow: Poems by Gennady Aygi (forthcoming from Wave Books, fall 2011), is a collection of poems translated from the Russian-language poetry of Chuvash poet Gennady Aygi (1934-2006). Individual translations have been featured in the Two Lines anthology Some Kind of Beautiful Signal , as well as in journals such as diode , Circumference , and Redaction: Poetry and Poetics. Sarah has a BA in Russian Studies and Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in Russian Literature from Princeton University. She has received a Templeton Foundation grant for her research at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion and a prestigious Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at UCLA. Sarah lives in Los Angeles and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Riverside, in the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages where she teaches Russian literature, comparative literature, film, and critical theory.

Table of Contents


Once Again: Into the Snow

A Few Notes on Poetry


Girl in Childhood

Dream: Flight of the Dragonfly

Now Always Snow

The Last Ravine





On Reading the Poem “Untitled” Aloud

Again: In Breaks Between Sleep

Field near Ferapontovo

”Swallow”: A Way of Connecting




Pine on Rock

Rose of Silence

Bidding Shalamov Farewell

And: One Year Later

The Shaman and the Potato

Five Matryoshkas


Kazimir Malevich

Summer with Angels

The Tale of the Aging Harlequin

Winter Bender

N. Kh. Among the Paintings

Degree: Of Stability

Field: At the Height of Winter

This Year’s Roses

Outskirts: Winter Without People

Reading Norwid

Past and Utopian

Regarding a Long-Distance Conversation

Song from the Time of Your Forefathers

Little Tatar Song

Excerpts from Thirty-six Variations on Chuvash and Tatar Folk Songs

Two Epilogues


Response to a Friend’s Book

Excerpts from Thirty-six Variations on Chuvash and Mari Folk Songs

Excerpts from Twenty-eight Variations on Chuvash and Udmurt Folk Songs

Starting from the Field

Long Ago

Summer with Prantel

In the Middle of the Field


Field—Without Us

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