Alekséi Tsvetkov


May 23, 2022

Aleksei Petrovich Tsvetkov in Russian: Алексе́й Петро́вич Цветко́в (Stanislav, February 2, 1947 – May 12, 2022)[1] was a Russian poet and prose writer.


He spent his childhood in Zaporizhia. He studied at the chemistry faculty of Odessa University and at the history (1965-1968) and journalism (1971-1974) faculties of Moscow State University. Together with Bakhit Kenzheiev he was a member of the unofficial group of poets "Moscow Hour" (Московское время). In 1975 he was arrested and expelled from Moscow, and the same year he emigrated to the United States of America. Between 1976 and 1977 he wrote for the newspaper "Russian Life" (Русская жизнь) in San Francisco. He then studied at the University of Michigan, where he defended his thesis in 1983. He then taught Russian literature at Dickinson College (Pennsylvania). Between 1989 and 2007 he worked at Radio Europa Libre-Radio Libertad as editor and announcer of the programs "The Seventh Continent" and "The Atlantic Journal", first in Munich and later in Prague. Between 2007 and 2009 he lived in Washington and then in New York, until in 2018 he moved to Bat Yam (Israel).


In the late 1980s he stopped writing poetry to focus on prose. His unfinished novel "Simply the Voice" (Просто голос), written as the autobiography of a Roman warrior (completed only in his teens), reflects Tsvetkov's conception of Roman civilization as one of the high points of the history of humanity. In relation to his poetry, it is distinguished by a refined style, with an abundance of lyrical-philosophical digressions, directly inheriting the prose of Vladimir Nabokov and Sasha Sokolov. After a hiatus of 17 years, in 2004 Aleksei Tsvetkov returned to poetry production, completing a new book of poems in less than a year and a half. In 2007 he was awarded the Andrei Biely literary prize.


Collection of pieces for life only. (Сборник пьес для жизни соло). —Ann Arbor. Publisher Ardis, 1978. The dream state (Состояние сна). —Ann Arbor. Ardis, 1981. Eden (Эдем). —Ann Arbor. Ardis, 1985. Poems (Стихотворения). - St. Petersburg. Publisher Pushkinski fond, 1996. Recite Brilliantly: A Collection of Poetry (Дивно молвить: Собрание стихотворений). - St. Petersburg. Publisher Pushkinski fond, 2001. Simply the voice: poem [in prose]: essay (Просто голос: Поэма [в прозе]; Эссе). — Moscow. The Independent Newspaper, 2002. Bestiary (Бестиарий). — Yekaterinburg: Eudoxia Publishing House, 2004. Shakespeare Rests (Шекспир отдыхает). - St. Petersburg. Publisher Pushkinski fond, 2006. The names of love (Имена любви). — Moscow. Ed. New Publisher, 2007. Eden and others (Эдем и другое). — Moscow. Ed. OGI, 2007. The constant wind (Ровный ветер). — Moscow. Ed. New Publisher, 2008. Tale at night (Сказка на ночь). — Moscow. Ed. New Publisher, 2010. Sense detector (Детектор смысла). — Moscow. Ed. ARGO-RISK, literary review, 2010. Ontological songs (Онтологические напевы). - New York. Ailuros Publishing, 2012. The Last Continent (Последний континент). — Kharkiv. Sheet, 2012. Notes of an aeronaut (Записки аэронавта). — Moscow. Ed. Vremya, 2013. Salva veritate.— New York. Ailuros Publishing, 2013.


External Links

In Spanish

«Seven poets of the Russian diaspora» (Arquitrave Magazine)

In Russian

Page on the "Babylon" website Page on the web «Unofficial poetry» Latest essays by A. Tsvetkov on the Russian page of the Cato Institute