Timur Kibirov
American Academy in Rome,spring 2000

Timur Kibirov was born in 1955, studied to become a teacher of Russian language and literature, and graduated from the N. K. Krupskaia Moscow Regional Pedagogical Institute. From 1975 to 1977 he served in the Soviet army. He began to gain acclaim as an underground poet in the 1980s, although his work — with its frequently ironic portrayals of the absurdities of Soviet life, its nastiness and comedy, its tender and unbearable routines — could not be published during Soviet times. Since the early 1990s however he has published and read widely, becoming one of contemporary Russia's most recognized poets. His poems have been collected in four books: Santimenty: vosem' knig (Belgorad: Risk, 1994), Stikhi o liubvi: al'bom-portret (Moscow: Tsikady, 1993), Prafrazis: Kniga stikhov (St. Petersburg: Pushkinskii Fond, 1997), and Notatsii: Kniga novykh stikhotvorenii (St. Petersburg: Pushkinskii Fond, 1999). English translations appeared in Third Wave: The New Russian Poetry, edited by Kent Johnson and Stephen M. Ashby (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992). He lives in Moscow and works in an art institute as a junior research assistant.



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