Antoly Gavrilov, Translated from the Russian by the Chicago Translation Workshop
ANATONLY GAVRILOV lives in Vladimir, Russia and works as a mailman. He began publishing in 1989, and to this day he publishes his texts very rarely, almost never participating in the activities of the literary establishment.
All three translators are members of The Chicago Translation Workshop, the goal and practice of which is to revive the tradition of rhythmic and rhymed translation of Russian contemporary poetry into English.
ANTON TENSER was born in Novosibirsk in 1976. Until his immigration to the U.S. in 1989, he lived in Kiev, Ukraine. He has a B.A. in biology from Northwestern University and a PhD in linguistics from Manchester University, Manchester, England. Anton is an author of The Grammar of Lithuanian Roma as well as articles on Romani language and ethnography. His Rusian-language poems were published in online journals TextOnly and Reflect.
SASHA SPEKTOR immigrated to Chicago in 1989. He has a PhD in Slavic literature from Harvard University. He writes both in Russian and English and teaches Russian literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
RASHIDA HAKEEM was born in southern Illinois. She has a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Today, one minute earlier than yesterday, and its beams, along with the vernal floods remove the last dark patches of winter makeup. No worms yet. The soil is still frozen inside. There are still plenty of last years leaves on the branches of trees and bushes. It was just below freezing last night, the puddles have filmed with ice, and it feels like early fall, but its spring.