Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, 1946–2012








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.


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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