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Avantgarde – Russian Expressionist Poetry

Steorin s prosed'iu: voennye stikhi ekspressionista [Stearin with a streak of gray: war poems by an expressionist].

[Moscow], 1920. Octavo (18 × 11 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; [16] pp. Very good.

First and only volume of poems by Boris S. Zemenkov (1902–1963), a Russian Expressionist writer and artist who later joined the "Nichevoki" group. In the Russian context, “expressionism” saw itself as a new synthesis of various avant-garde tendencies and wished to unite the work of various fractions of Russian Futurism. The present book "consists of poetical impressions, based on his own Civil War experience and is bursting with catachrestic imagery strongly reminiscent of Shershenevich, who clearly also influenced Zemenkov's metrics and rhyme" (Markov, Russian Futurism p. 150). Zemenkov also authored a manifesto of expressionism for the visual arts around the same time. In 1920–21 he studied at VKhUTEMAS; later he was a member of the artist associations Bytie and AKhRR (Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia). During WWII, he designed numerous TASS windows.

Not in Getty.

As of February 2023, KVK, OCLC appear to show only one non-microform copy in North America.

Book ID: 52644

Price: $750.00