Authors of the Month: the Poets of the Stray Dog Cafe

The Stray Dog Café in St Petersburg closed its doors a century ago, having hosted in the meantime all the best Russian poets of the era – Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Mayakovsky, Khlebnikov, Esenin, Blok, Tsvetaeva, Pasternak – who met, drank, read, and shot the bull in its dingy basement bar. In celebration, the Poets of the Stray Dog are our Authors of the Month for March.

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Volodya: Selected Works

Vladimir Mayakovsky, edited by Rosy Carrick

Sophie Pinkham writes:

When Vladimir Mayakovsky shot himself in 1930, some Soviet writers interpreted it as an act of protest: stifled by political censorship, he couldn’t go on. In the ...


The Stray Dog Cabaret: A Book of Russian Poems

translated by Paul Schmidt, introduction by Catherine Ciepiela, afterword by Honor Moore

From the publisher:

Eight world-class twentieth-century Russian poets brought to new life in Schmidt’s scintillating translations.


The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Anna Andreevna Akhmatova, introduction by Roberta Reeder, translated by Judith Hemschemeyer

From the publisher:

The greatest, most comprehensive, and best translated edition of one of the twentieth century’s greatest and most relevant poets.


Pro Eto: That’s What

Vladimir Mayakovsky, translated by George Hyde and Larissa Gureyeva, illustrated by Alexander Rodchenko

From the publisher:

Vladimir Mayakovsky was one of the towering literary figures of pre- and post revolutionary Russia, speaking as much to the working man as to other poets. Part love poem, ...


Poems by Esenin

Sergei Esenin, translated by Charles Brasch and Peter Soskice, cover design or artwork by Wayne Seyb


Bride of Ice: New Selected Poems

Marina TSvetaeva, translated by Elaine Feinstein

From the publisher:

Includes the pieces “Girlfriend”, “New Year’s Greetings”, “On a Red Horse”, “Wires” and “Poem of the End”.