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date: 05 July 2022

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This chapter considers the place in the Leningrad Cultural Underground of the poet Arkady Dragomoshchenko (1946–2012), one of the most important Russian poets of the post-war generation and, arguably, Russia’s most important global poet of the post-Soviet age. Although an essential presence in the Leningrad cultural avant-garde of the 1970s and 1980s, he was never part of any schools or movements. While his work transcended the generic, formal, and thematic boundaries of what was written by his peers at the time, it also transcended the boundaries of the Russian poetic tradition. The chapter examines Dragomoshchenko’s lifelong preoccupation with the groundless foundations of language as it situates his unique poetics in the context of his close engagement with literary, musical, and visual experiments of the Leningrad underground and identifies the roots of his interest in global poetics.

Keywords: : Dragomoshchenko, Russian experiment, Underground poetics, Kuriokhin, post-Avantgarde, counterculture of St Pete

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