With great sadness, I learnt yesterday of the passing of a great poet and a friend: Arkadii Dragomoshchenko. I have written a brief commentary about Arkadii as the first post in my commentary on poetic “Iterations” for Jacket2, where I’ll be blogging for the next few months. I just want to add here that not only does Arkadii’s work play a central role in A Common Strangeness, but the book would have been much poorer without his generous support for my work and inspirational enthusiasm for writing and thinking in new ways. For Arkadii poetry was “always different”––always something else. As readers, we have only just begun to follow the pathways of expanding differences in his work.