Sergey Stratanovsky’s Muddy River is the first comprehensive English-language selection of a contemporary existentialist Russian master. Taken together, the poems express the full range of Stratanovsky’s verse, drawing on seven collections that represent half a century of writing. Muddy River is the essential Anglophone introduction to Stratanovsky’s oeuvre, its now satirical, now psalmic, ever-searching poetics.
‘It is very difficult in a few words to point to an unprecedented quality in Stratanovsky’s work. It seems to me that his particularity is not even in how it is expressed, but from where it is articulated, there where sound has its source. From somewhere terribly deep: in a time of faith and magic, where and when element and consciousness are not divided and continue to constitute a meaningful whole.’ - Mikhail Aizenberg