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“Dubbed by way of his fellow Futurists the “King of Time”, Velimir Khlebnikov (1885–1922) spent his complete short existence looking for a brand new poetic language to precise his convictions concerning the rhythm of heritage, the correspondence among human habit and the “language of the stars.” the end result used to be an unlimited physique of poetry and prose that has been known as airtight, incomprehensible, even deranged. Of all this tragic new release of Russian poets (including Blok, Esenin, and Mayakovsky), Khlebnikov has been probably the main praised and the extra censured.”

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Lighting i've got obvious earlier than

The youngsters are off somewhere
and whilst I waken
I listen only
the buzz of current
in the TV
and the fridge

groaning opposed to the coming
day. I upward push and wash;
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Uthlofan, lauflings! Hlaha! " I said: "Down with the Hapsburgs! " And I wrote with an eagle feather. Golden, silky, it swirled above the sturdy quill. I walked by the shores of a beautiful lake, in bast-bound shoes and a sky-blue shirt. And I was beautiful too. I had an old bronze bludgeon with a rugged round head. I once had a double-reed panpipe and a sawed-off horn. I had my picture taken with a skull in my hand. I saw sea serpents at Petrovsk. I went to the Urals with water from the Caspian, and poured it into the Kara Sea.

Sold! . and unsouled! [1912: Τ 76] I see right through you, Numbers. I see you dressed in animals, their skins, coolly propped against uprooted oaks. You offer us a gift: unity between the snaky movement of the backbone of the universe and Libra dancing overhead. You help us to see centuries as a flash of laughing teeth. See my wisdom-wizened eyes opening to recognize what my I will be when its dividend is one. [1912: τ 79] The night is full of constellations. What advent, what intelligence of freedom or restraint shines in your wide pages, book above me, what fate must I make out in the wide midnight sky?

1915-1916: OS 9-10] My elbow brushed a warm breast: Awake, daughter of diversions! The bridge reached its claw into the fleeing footsoldier. The bridge was built of drowned men's bodies. Death sat combing her virulent hair +8 Brought to you by | Cambridge University Library Authenticated Download Date | 8/23/15 9:16 AM Lyrics and like swarms of gnats, expendable lives did what they could to attack her. Their thick cloud wreathed the gravestone pilings. Almighty Amazon! Your hair grows heavier, heavier.

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