Anatoly Molotkov joins us at 7 pm on Thursday, November 15th, to read from his new collection of poems, Application of Shadows. Molotkov is a writer, composer, filmmaker, and visual artist, and a co-founder of the Inflectionist poetry movement (www.Inflectionism.com). Born in Russia, he moved to the US in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993. Published by Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Cincinnati Review, Tampa Review, Raleigh Review, Cider Press Review, and elsewhere, Molotkov is the winner of several short fiction and poetry contests and a 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship. He co-edits The Inflectionist Review. Molotkov’s translation of a Chekhov story was included by Knopf in their Everyman Series. He also plays the Armenian duduk. His previous collection was The Catalog of Broken Things
Willa Schneberg says that Molotkov "has created a synesthetic-like universe where one cannot afford to 'buy a soul.' These are startling poems of paradox and ambiguity: a survivor’s language of self and other, the self in other, in which memory and death circle, and time collides. Objects, animals, the natural world, and the sky are metaphors, not things themselves, and 'even shadows dream.' Ursula K. Le Guin, Tomaz Salamun and Charles Simic would find home here."
Tola will be accompanied by Jerry Bobbe on the cello during this reading.