The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelin

The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelin

Cliff Becker Prize

by Maxim Amelin

Translated by Derek Mong and Anne O. Fisher

Published by: White Pine Press

180 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781945680199
  • Published: September 2018


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The Joyous Science offers a comprehensive introduction to Maxim Amelin. The poems span Amelin’s long career and cover his many thematic concerns. A loving collector of neologisms and a devoted student of Revolutionary word-smithing (à la Mayakovsky), Amelin keeps his poetry in suspension through a tension of opposites. He writes of bodily pleasures while musing on the body’s resurrection. He is critical of Russia but loves its language. Riddles, odes, and elegies appear alongside a long poem, “The Joyous Science.” This 20-page mock epic chronicles the exploits—both real and imagined—of Jacob Bruce, an astronomer, alchemist, and military strategist to Peter the Great. Amelin is a unique force in contemporary Russian poetry.