Prigov’s Stikhogrammy (Poemographs or concrete poems)

Most of Dmitri Prigov’s incredible and diverse work is currently difficult for someone without Russian to access online (for an exception, see his PennSound page here). I’m hoping to rectify this by taking up Kenneth Goldsmith’s offer to put some of his works on UbuWeb. In the meantime, some of Prigov’s more visual work is accessible for those willing to try their luck on his Russian website or his page on Vavilon, a wonderful resource for contemporary Russian poetry. The most accessible work on the Vavilon site is a facsimile of Prigov’s book of Stikhogrammy (Poemographs). This concretist series, completed in the late 70s, was published in Paris in 1985 as a tiny chapbook. I reproduce and discuss a couple of the works from Prigov’s Poemographs series in A Common Strangeness.


About Jacob Edmond

Jacob Edmond is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is author of A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (Fordham UP, 2012). His articles have appeared in journals such as Comparative Literature, Contemporary Literature, Poetics Today, The China Quarterly, the Slavic and East European Journal, and Russian Literature. He is editor (with Henry Johnson and Jacqueline Leckie) of Recentring Asia: Histories, Encounters, Identities (Brill / Global Oriental, 2011), and editor and translator (with Hilary Chung) of Yang Lian’s Unreal City: A Chinese Poet in Auckland (Auckland University Press, 2006). For more, see:
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