» Maintenant #70: Ilya Kaminsky

Simply one of the few boundless poets on the world scene, and already a centrifugal presence in American poetry, Ilya Kaminsky carries with him the power of the great Russian tradition and the obvious potential to be recognised, in an age where poetry is a reticent presence in the public’s eye, as one of the finest writers of the oncoming century. An activist as well as a poet, his remarkable energy and intellect permeate his earnest, fulsome poetry and his unforgettable, idiosyncratic readings. In an interview which seems typically representative of his generous spirit, Ilya has offered one of the most ebullient accounts featured in the Maintenant series, and we are especially excited to have him read at the next Maintenant event in London, this coming october. To mark our 70th edition, Ilya Kaminsky
with thanks to Nikola Madzirov за многу нешта

To accompany the interview are two of Ilya's poems.

Ilya will actually be visiting the UK and reading at the next Maintenant event in London! On October 15th at the Rich mix arts centre in Brick Lane, Ilya will read alongside Macedonian and Latvian poets and those involved in the culmination of the first Maintenant Camarade project, which sees nine pairings of British based poets reading work they have created specifically for the event, which will be published by the fantastic Red Ceilings press in a limited edition chapbook. http://www.theredceilingspress.co.uk/

The following poets will be reading original work in what should be a truly memorable night of poetry, please do come along!: Sean Bonney & Jeff Hilson / Tom Jenks & Chris McCabe / Holly Pester & Patrick Coyle / Marcus Slease & Tim Atkins / Emily Critchley & Tamarin Norwood / Sam Riviere & Jack Underwood / Tom Chivers & Ben Borek / James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar / James Wilkes & Ghazal Mosadeq

Here are the poets published on 3am over the last few weeks:
Tim Atkins: the Wrestlers Series - http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/tim-atkins-wrestlers/
James Davies: Budgies - http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/james-davies-budgie/