Barskova, Polina

Barskova, Polina (c) Lena Karin

Polina Barskova, born in 1976 in Leningrad, is a poet and a literary scholar. She has published eight volumes to date.  Her research is devoted to the poets of the Leningrad Blockade. For her first volume of prose “Lebende Bilder” (Suhrkamp Verlag 2020, translation: Olga Radetzkaja), Barskova was awarded the prestigious Andrej-Belyj-Preis. In German translation, the volume “Mutabor” (Edition Lyrik Kabinett 2023) was published with selected poems translated by Daniel Jurjew.

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POETRY TALK: Polina Barskova & Maria Stepanova

Wo die Toten sich unter die Lebenden mischen

Clubraum 7/5€ | Tickets

Polina Barskova (born in Leningrad in 1976) and Maria Stepanova (born in Moscow in 1972) are two eminent Russian writers of their generation, sharing a strong grasp of their language’s storied, and not quite unproblematic, poetic tradition. Their writing is elicited by interactions with other literature, but remains utterly original, sensual, and erudite. As subversive imitators of voices and forms, Barskova and Stepanova’s playfulness nevertheless has a more serious backdrop, as their work always contends with histories of war. Poetry thus becomes an instrument of both documentation and resistance.


Barskova, PolinaStepanova, Maria


Night Of Poetry

Großes Parkett | 14/9€ inkl. Anthologie Tickets


Weltklang – Night of Poetry is poesiefestival berlin’s prismatic and panoramic opening. Poets will read, sing, and perform in their source languages, demonstrating the full spectrum of contemporary poetry: its power, its diversity of approaches and styles. Just for the event, an anthology will be published in German and English so that audience members can read along with the poems presented onstage.


Aftab, AroojArai, TakakoBarskova, PolinaBrolaski, Julian TalamantezFabias, RadnaKandasamy, MeenaKunial, Zaffar