Excavating the Sky by Konstantin M Kulakov

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... most of the time he avoids such patter, instead writing honest, evocative verse about spirituality and the life of the émigré. A fine young poet digs deep.
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"Konstantin Kulakov is a genuine poet - with a subtle intelligence and lyrical power. Excavating The Sky is an artistic gem!" Cornel West "Kulakov's is a voice to be reckoned with... These are brave, bold poems, excruciatingly beautiful..." The Christian Century  "['Keats by Glenomont Metro'] restricts itself to so few notes and picks them out one by one...the meditative mind bound to the world by fear, desire, and mortal knowledge." Brian Teare, author of Companion Grasses (Slate's best poetry books of 2013) 
In his debut collection of poems, Excavating the Sky, award-winning poet Konstantin Kulakov labors to relate the inner spirituality of his Russian background to the fragmentation of a market-driven New World. Whether it is his Muslim-Christian relationship, his dance with natural science, or his struggle to expose continued US raciality, Kulakov seeks the contradictions in everything, "mixing words to bring-out sparks." What emerges is a spiritual language that resists the exclusionary tendencies of the 21st century and offers subtle flashes of possibility.                                 "...In my room,I punch in letters, mixing words
to bring-out sparks. And it is You, Yahweh."  ("Excavating the Sky," p. 50)
 

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Konstantin Kulakov is an award-winning poet born in Zaoksky, Russia in 1989. He is the recipient of the Greg Grummer Poetry Award, judged by Brian Teare. Kulakov's debut collection of poems, Excavating the Sky, will be published by Dialogue Foundation Books December 4, 2015. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Phoebe, Tule Review, The Christian Century, Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, Tidal Basin Review, and WildSpice. Select poems have been translated into Russian, including a forthcoming translation into German. He is currently completing his M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.
 
Published December 21, 2015 by Dialogue Foundation Books. 62 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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... most of the time he avoids such patter, instead writing honest, evocative verse about spirituality and the life of the émigré. A fine young poet digs deep.

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