The charming illustrated children’s poems from a Russian expatriate poet in Paris that inspired Green Verses.
Illustrated by Jessica Seamans
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Poetry. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Russian by Kevin Kinsella. Illustrated by Jessica Seamans. Before Daniil Kharms and Nikolai Zabolotsky, there was Sasha Chernyi (1880-1932) with his brilliantly satirical poems, caustic wit, and verbal caricature. One of the best satirists of his generation. Chernyi wrote humorous poems that took aim at politicians, intellectuals, a bourgeois merchant class pandering to European sensibilities, and the backward lives of ordinary Russians at the start of the twentieth century. Chernyi was also a beloved children’s poet, and the author of some twenty books for young Russian readers. Even Chernyi’s writing for children contains his characteristic bite, and the little animals and gnomes that inhabit POEMS FROM CHILDREN’S ISLAND have much to say about how silly a place the world can be. This is the first English-language edition of Chernyi. “Not recommended for adults! as these rimes are far too clever, and besides adults don’t like poetry”—Charles Bernstein.