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Dancing in Odessa [Paperback]

By Llya Kaminsky, Ilya Kaminsky, Rebecca Silbert (Contributor), Michelle Alexander (Foreward By), Nike Btzner, Eric Myott (Contributor) & Tim Ohr
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Item description for Dancing in Odessa by Llya Kaminsky, Ilya Kaminsky, Rebecca Silbert, Michelle Alexander, Nike Btzner, Eric Myott & Tim Ohr...

Winner of the 2002 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, this magical book of poems written by a Russian immigrant who came to America only a few years ago without knowing a single word of English, draws readers in ineluctably. Although a recent arrival, Kaminsky's ear for the music in English is better than most poets born here. As readers quickly realize upon opening the book, Kaminsky's poetry isn't just beautiful-it is unforgettable.

An undisputed rising poetic star, Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union. He has already received the Ruth Lilly fellowship from Poetry magazine and was the youngest person appointed Writer in Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy. Kaminsky, who is also almost totally deaf, will finish his law degree at the University of California in 2004.

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Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.75" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2004
Publisher   Tupelo Press
ISBN  1932195122  
ISBN13  9781932195125  

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More About Llya Kaminsky, Ilya Kaminsky, Rebecca Silbert, Michelle Alexander, Nike Btzner, Eric Myott & Tim Ohr

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ilya Kaminsky is the author of DANCING IN ODESSA (Tupelo Press) and co-editor of A GOD IN THE HOUSE: POETS TALK ABOUT FAITH (Tupelo Press) and Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins). He has received Whiting Writers Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, and Lannan Fellowship.

Ilya Kaminsky was born in 1977.

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Arresting  Dec 23, 2006
from the first encounter to the sixtieth, this book grabs and holds. It is a daring, beautiful debut and the kind of book that makes me invest in books of poetry, hopeful each time that they will yield the percentage of brilliance and beauty that this book does. Kaminsky reminds me why we write and why we read.

Ten stars  Dec 22, 2006
This is the best book of poetry I've read in years. I read it again and again.
I couldn't recommend it more.

John FitzGerald, author of Spring Water
Yes to this Dance  Nov 20, 2006
I highly recommend Ilya Kaminsky's first book. It is full of small beautiful lyric moments that rise across history. His love poems are simply beautiful. I can't agree more with those reviewers too who mention Kaminsky's style of reading. The poet Joe Weil once wrote "poetry has forgotten how to praise/ forgotten how to pray." Ilya Kaminsky has not forgotten either.
Great poetry still happens  Jun 2, 2005
This book cannot be praised enough. Here you have the opportunity to read the early poems of one of the generation's best poets. As has been remarked by previous reviewers, there is an optimism in Kaminsky's poems even amidst tragedy; an unearthly eloquence and musicality to each and every line. It is an unbelievably refreshing tone.

You'll breeze through the book in no time and then realize that you can spend a day on every page. This is a book of transport - to another time, another country, in other bodies and minds - and what you will find there is a new mythos - cities of birds and song and silence all together. And there, on the bench reading a small book filled with beauty in the midst of cobblestones? Why it is you.
A Powerful voice and persistent energy!   Mar 25, 2005
I had the pleasure of hearing Ilya Kaminsky read his poetry from Dancing in Odessa the other day at my college. He came into the room and seemed a bit shy at first. Uncertain as to "what to do" he began to read from his book. A powerful and lyrical voice filled the room and everyone was glued to her/his seat listening. He not only writes wonderful, thought-provoking and dazzling poems but he reads with an energy unsurpassed. He uses his voice in incredible ways, incredible ranges and he employs his whole body in the experience. One gets the sense she is witness to something profound and passionate, spellbinding. Kaminsky's voice is strange, beautiful and musical.

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