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Enter Morris Imposternak, Pursued by Ironies
Enter Morris Imposternak, Pursued by Ironies

Eugene Ostashevsky

Poetry | $8 $6
Out of Print"And anything can be just so anything"


Do not love
For when you pop open a human being

All you find is forty feet of intestine
And how lovable is that?

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About the Author

Eugene Ostashevsky

Eugene Ostashevsky is a Russian-born American poet from New York City. His debut poetry collection, Iterature, displays the dissonant rhythms, heavy unexpected rhymes, and multilingual puns that occupied him at the turn of the century, as well as a healthy interest in mathematics. The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza employs characters such as MC Squared, Peepeesaurus, the Begriffon and, of course, DJ Spinoza, to explore the shortcomings of axiomatic systems with the insouciance and energy of Saturday-morning cartoons. He has edited an English-language anthology of Russian absurdist writings of the 1930s by such authors as Alexander Vvedensky and Daniil Kharms. His PhD dissertation was on the history of zero. He teaches the humanities at New York University. 

Advance Praise

Ultimately, the pleasure and pain of Ostashevsky’s poetry seems a confluence of distinct formulae: the antipodal or apophatic logical construction (a world composed of P and -P), the surrender to nonsense, or a-sense, or tran-sense (“And anything can be just so anything”), the errant allusion to Rome (Philippi) or philosophy (Bertrand Russell’s paradox for starters, and (maybe) Zarathustra and Lacan, and otherwise full of the influence of Pasternak’s favorite Germans as well), a fantasy world made of monsters and puns (DJ Spinoza and MC Squared, Morris Imposternak, the Begriffon, the toothy Knight of the Swan, and cetera), nihilism (“We can’t change the world we can only make noise”), scientific and mathematic inquiry...and the tender touch.—James Stotts, Galatea Resurrects