Aleksandr Skidan


Aleksandr Skidan


February 5, 12pm


Aleksandr Skidan


Aleksandr Skidan was born in Leningrad in 1965. His poetry collections include Delirium, In the Re-Reading, and Red Shift. He is also the author of two books of essays Critical Mass and The Resistance to/of Poetry. His poetry has been translated into English, Estonian, Finish, French, Hebrew, Italian and Swedish. His many translations include books as well as short stories, poems, and criticism. In 2006 he was awarded the Andrei Bely Prize for Red Shift. He lives in St. Petersburg.

About Skidan's new book, "Red Shifting" (Ugly Duckling Presse): "To read a book this fierce, this honest, to disappear into these beautiful, wrecked songs-and to disappear 'more fully' precisely because they question 'the idea of the wrecked song'-is a singular, moving experience. The poems in Red Shifting, translated beautifully by Genya Turovskaya, display a near-physical, wounding intelligence, an intelligence unflinchingly aware of what it means to think history's recklessness." -- Christian Hawkey




Aleksandr Skidan, “Aleksandr Skidan,” SAIC Flaxman Library & Special Collection Exhibitions, accessed August 16, 2018,