Ilya Kaminsky

Deafness and Silence as Weapons of Resistance or Scapegoats?: On Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic

Fifteen years after Tupelo Press released his first collection of poetry, Ilya Kaminsky delivers a stunning interplay of poetic structures and voices in Deaf Republic. His latest work is a collective narrative recounting the events that follow the murder by soldiers of a local deaf boy. Told through multiple lenses […]

If I Were Born in Prague by Guy Jean translated by Ilya Kaminsky and Katie Farris

If I were born in Prague I’d avoid baroque concerts in libraries, libraries with plaster rosettes, libraries with flowers, libraries, with bland «Virgin and child». I would avoid it all. I’d avoid talkative American women, the Little wax Jesus, Jesus who coughs in my childhood, in my father’s vocabulary: «soft […]