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Nine B&W Illustrations by Nina Bunjevac
Introduction by Edward Kay

A lively collection populated by historical icons, each poem a story about the potency of imagination, territories, border-crossings of the mind among them: the madness of a king who wants to be a swan, Michelangelo chiselling a heart that beats into his David, Tsar Peter with his three pet dwarfs acting as generals in the army, Zara Zasulich who became the world’s first woman terrorist, Robinson Crusoe hunting for the footprints of Friday, Michael Jackson pretending he is Marcel Marceau as he woos Marlene Dietrich in Paris...

From the Introduction:
"A profound point becomes apparent as one explores Azarov’s juxtaposition of lovely bones: his is a classically trained mind just entered its eighth decade of life, still vibrantly trying to come to terms with that which we all ultimately face, the terrifying awareness of our own inescapable date with the black void of non-existence."

Vladimir Azarov is an architect and poet, formerly from Moscow, who lives in Toronto. He has published Seven Lives, Broken Pastries, Mongolian E´tudes, Night Out, Dinner With Catherine the Great, Imitation, Of Life and Other Small Sacrifices, The Kiss from Mary Pickford: Cinematic Poems, and Voices in Dialogue: Dramatic Poems and with Barry Callaghan, Strong Words, translations in an English/Russian bilingual edition, of Anna Akhmatova, Alexander Pushkin and Andrei Voznesensky.

Nina Bunjevac of Toronto produced the interior portraits specifically for this book. Her most recent work is the internationally acclaimed graphic novel, Fatherland.


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