POETRY TALK: Polina Barskova & Maria Stepanova

Wo die Toten sich unter die Lebenden mischen

2023-06-13, 5:30 PM

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.


Polina Barskova and Maria Stepanova will read from their recent publications, “Mutabor” and “Girls without Clothes”, respectively, speaking with poet Eugene Ostashevsky.


The event will be interpreted Russian-German.

Project management: Alexander Gumz | Matthias Kniep

The 24th poesiefestival berlin is a project of Haus für Poesie in cooperation with Akademie der Künste and is supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.