As National Poetry Month begins, Karen Paul Holmes draws upon ars poetica and the work of Ukrainian-American poet Ilya Kaminsky to face this difficult moment.
In the second half of our book club discussion of Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic, the poems ask us hard questions about the body, about what makes us human, about hope.
In our first installment of the Deaf Republic book club, we consider hope’s impossibility in the midst of unending devastation.
In our upcoming book club we’ll consider Ilya Kaminsky’s collection, Deaf Republic, and ask it guide us in a reimagining of what it means to be a hero, of disability, of the movements that compel us to survive.
In his new collection “Deaf Republic,” Ilya Kaminsky combines poetic form and thematic substance to tell a story of oppression and hope.
Ilya Kaminsky was born in 1977 in Odessa in The Ukraine (then the Soviet Union), and came to the United States in 1993 when his family was granted political asylum. He is the author of the chapbook Musica Humana and Dancing in Odessa, which won several awards. He’s also received a Whiting Writers’ Award, the […]