Martha M. F. Kelly is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in Russian in the Department of German and Russian Studies at the University of Missouri. She is the author of Unorthodox Beauty: Russian Modernism and Its New Religious Aesthetics (Northwestern University Press, 2016) and co-editor, with Sibelan Forrester, of Russian Silver Age Poetry: Texts and Contexts (Academic Studies Press, 2015). She is currently working on a new monograph, “How to Be a Russian Poet: The Public Life of Olga Sedakova,” and is translating a volume of Sedakova’s poems.
“Ah, World of Sorrows”: Olga Sedakova’s “Elegy that Turns into a Requiem”
Olga Sedakova (b. 1949) may have a reputation for otherworldliness, but this Russian poet, scholar, translator, and essayist has fiercely engaged ...