Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Get Your Lev Rubinstein On

Thirty-Five New Pages
by Lev Rubinstein
Translated by Philip Metres and Tatiana Tulchinsky
Poetry | $15 ($12 direct from UDP). 35 pp, 5 x 3 in.
Distribution: Direct Only
Series: EEPS

Forthcoming: October 2010
Available now for pre-order

Translators Metres and Tulchinsky team up again to bring us Thirty-five New Pages, one of Lev Rubinstein's note-card poems, written in 1981. Does it tell a story? Is it a reflection on the form of the book? Is it there at all? This classic minimalist/conceptualist text from the "postmodern Chekhov" summons Genesis and Zen, Tractatus and guided meditation, with whip-smart wit and considerable elan, presented here on 35 library-style cards in a handsome letterpressed box. (This poem is not included in Rubinstein's other UDP collection, Catalogue of Comedic Novelties.) "Here, in fact, something could happen."

"Lev Rubinstein's note-card poems … are an eye-opener." —MARJORIE PERLOFF

"… in the tradition of seriality associated with Charles Reznikoff and Robert Grenier." —CHARLES BERNSTEIN

"Lev Rubinstein is the true heir of the OBERIU artists of the late 1920s. Like his most illustrious predecessor, Daniil Kharms, Rubinstein creates deadly serious, devastatingly funny comedy that incorporates a broad range of literary forms." —ANDREW WACHTEL

1 comment:

E. J. McAdams said...

I can't wait to buy a copy!!