Russian Experimental Poetry

Maneken: zerkalo - mech - shar [The mannequin: mirror, sword, sphere].

Moscow: DOOS, 1995. Octavo (21 × 15 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; [12] pp. Laid in is a xerox-printed advertising leaflet for the group's seven-part portfolio, of which this pamphlet constitutes one part. Very good.

Scarce individual manifesto by three core members of DOOS, the “Voluntary association for the defense of dragonflies”, a playful group of Russian experimental poets founded in 1984. Its members often changed and have included representatives of the so-called Metametaphorists (Kedrov and Katsiuba), the non-conformist Lianozovo group (genrikh Sapgir and Igor’ Kholin), and neo-futurists such as Sergei Biriukov and Anna Al’chuk.

The work was part of a seven-part portfolio of "manifestos" by the group. The three texts contained within are organized around the concepts of "mannequin," "mirror," "sword," and "sphere," with the poems titled "Vospominanie" ("Memory"), "Vitrina" ("Glass case"), and "Legioner sud'by" ("Legion soldier of fate"). They exemplify the main elements of DOOS members’ poetics: “meta-metaphoricity”, playful use of palindromes and homonyms, and a strong visual orientation (concrete poetry). This visual tendency is complemented by the strikingly crude design, based on xerox reproductions of highly pixelated early computer graphics and fonts.

The portfolio is scarce, especially complete. KVK, OCLC show copies of individual pamphlets at Cornell, Emory, Michigan, Stanford, and UC San Diego.

Book ID: 50415

Price: $200.00