Irina Mashinski is the author of ten books of poetry in Russian. She is co-editor, with Robert Chandler and Boris Dralyuk, of The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry and of the Cardinal Points Journal. Her work has been translated into several languages and appeared in Poetry International, Plume, The World Literature Today, Asymptote, and elsewhere. The essays included in this issue are excerpts from her new book TheNaked World forthcoming in September, 2021 from MadHat Press.
The Solid Objects of Stagnant Empires by Irina Mashinski
“The Myth” and “Jew” are two excerpts from The Naked World, a story of four generations of one family,