Regina Derieva

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Regina Derieva (Russian: Реги́на Ио́сифовна Дери́ева; IPA: [rʲɪˈɡʲinə ɪˈosʲɪfəvnə dʲɪˈrʲijɪvə] ( ); 1949 – December 11, 2013) was a Russian poet and writer who published around thirty books of poetry, essays, and prose. From July 1999 until her death she lived in Sweden.[1]

Derieva's work has been translated into several languages, including English, French, Swedish, Arabic, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Greek, and other languages. A compact disc with her readings in Russian of selected poems was issued in 1999. Derieva's work has appeared in the Poetry magazine, Evergreen Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry East, The Liberal, Ars Interpres, Salt Magazine, Quadrant, Notre Dame Review as well as in many Russian magazines.

She translated poetry by Thomas Merton and contemporary American, Australian, British, Polish, and Swedish poets. Regina Derieva participated in a number of Swedish and international poetry festivals. In 2003, she received the Shannon Fellowship of the International Thomas Merton Society. In 2009, the Catholic Church of Sweden awarded her the ORA ET LABORA medal for her literary work to benefit the Church.

Derieva's poetry is strongly affected by her Catholic faith. In 1996, a significant Italian composer and organist, Fra Armando Pierucci, composed a cantata for the series of Regina Derieva's poems. This cantata is titled Via Crucis.[2]

In 2005, the American-based Spuyten Duyvil published her book entitled Alien Matter. The Sum Total of Violations was released in 2009 by the UK-based Arc Publications. Derieva's last book of poems in the English translation, Corinthian Copper, was published in 2010 by Marick Press.

Regina Derieva's funeral took place on December 23, 2013, and she is buried at the Norra Begravningsplatsen (Katolska Kyrkogården) in Stockholm.

Works[edit]

Books of Poetry

  • Handwriting (Russian: Почерк). Alma-Ata: Zhazuchy, 1978.
  • Life Junction (Russian: Узел жизни). Alma-Ata: Zhazuchy, 1980.
  • The First Sledge Road of Winter (Russian: По первопутку). Alma-Ata: Zhazuchy, 1985.
  • Two Skies (Russian: Два неба). Alma-Ata: Zhazuchy, 1990.
  • Absence (Russian: Отсутствие). Tenafly, NJ: Hermitage, 1993.
  • Prayer of the Day (Russian: Молитва дня). Jerusalem: Radost' Voskresenia Publishers, 1994.
  • The Last War (Sound book). © 1998 by Holyland Records Ltd. Compact disk.
  • De profundis (in Russian). Jerusalem: Magnificat Institute, 1998.
  • Via Crucis (in English, Italian, and Russian). Jerusalem: Magnificat Institute, 1998.
  • Inland Sea and Other Poems. South Shields, UK: The Divine Art, 1998.
  • Winter Lectures for Terrorists (Russian: Зимние лекции для террористов). London: Horse Books, 1998.
  • I nuovi fioretti di S. Francesco (in Italian and Arabic). East Jerusalem: Artistic Press, 1998.
  • The Pilgrim's Star. South Shields, UK: The Divine Art, 1999.
  • L'Etoile du Pelerin. South Shields, UK: The Divine Art, 1999.
  • Instructions for Silence (in French, English, and Russian). Jerusalem: Abbaye de Latroun, 1999.
  • In Commemoration of Monuments (in English and Russian). East Jerusalem: Art Printing Press, 1999.
  • Fugitive Space (Russian: Беглое пространство). Stockholm: Hylaea, 2001.
  • The Last Island (in English and Russian). Stockholm: Hylaea, 2002.
  • Himmelens Geometri. Skelleftea, Sweden: Norma-Artos, 2003.
  • A Collection of Roads: Selected Poems (Russian: Собрание дорог). St. Petersburg: Aletheia, 2005.
  • Alien Matter. New York: Spuyten Duyvil, 2005.[3]
  • Allt som tolv kejsare inte hunnit säga (in Swedish and English). Stockholm: Ars Interpres Publications, 2006.
  • Oavbrutet svarta bilder. Göteborg: Carl Forsbergs bokförlag, 2007.
  • The sum total of violations UK: Arc Publications, 2009. Cover art by Michael Zansky.
  • Corinthian Copper. Grosse Pointe Farms, MI: Marick Press, 2010.

Books of Essays

  • Three Possibilities to See the Kingdom of God. Jerusalem: Alphabet Publishers, 1994.
  • The Meaning of Mystery. Jerusalem: Proche-Orient Chrétien and Modex, 1998.

Books of Prose

  • In the World of Awful Thoughts (Russian: В мире страшных мыслей). East Jerusalem: Art Printing Press, 1998.
  • The World is Full of Fools (Russian: Придурков всюду хватает). Moscow: Tekst, 2002.

Books of Translation into Russian

  • Smock, Frederick. Poems. New York: Ars-Interpres, 2002.
  • Murray, Les. The End of Symbol. New York and Stockholm: Ars-Interpres, 2004.
  • Kinsella, John. The Sky's Imperative. New York and Stockholm: Ars-Interpres, 2004.
  • Weissbort, Daniel. The Name's Progress. Stockholm: Ars Interpres Publications, 2006.
  • Wästberg, Per. Ortsbestämning. Stockholm: Ars Interpres Publications, 2008.

Poems and Prose Published in Anthologies

  • An Hour of Poetry (Russian: Час поэзии). Moscow: Molodaya Gvardiya, 1975.
  • Joking Aside! (Russian: Шутки в сторону). Alma-Ata: Zhazuchy, 1989.
  • An Anthology of Russian Free Verses (Russian: Антология русского верлибра). Moscow: Prometei, 1991.
  • Strophes of the Century: An Anthology of Russian Poetry (Russian: Строфы Века. Антология русской поэзии). Moscow and Minsk: Polyfact, 1995.
  • Christus in der russischen Literatur. München: Verlag Otto Sagner in Kommission, 1999.
  • An Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets. Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2005.
  • New European Poets. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2008.
  • The Poet and His World. Nicosia: En Tipis Publications, 2010.
  • IOU: New Writing on Money. Concord, MA: Concord Free Press, 2010.
  • Hamlet. Variations. Through the Pages of Russian Poetry (Russian: Гамлет. Вариации. По страницам русской поэзии). Moscow: Tsentr Knigi Rudomino, 2012.

Secondary Sources

  • Alagova, Tamara. Review of Regina Derieva’s Otsutstvie (Absence). World Literature Today (Spring 1994).
  • Kasack, Wolfgang. ”Das Motiv der Kreuzigung Christi in der russischen Literatur.” Ostkirchliche Studien 47 (1998).
  • Kilcourse, George A. Review of Regina Derieva’s Inland Sea and Other Poems. The Merton Annual 12 (1999): 229-230.
  • Fioretos, Aris. ”Hopp från medelhög höjd.” Review of Regina Derieva’s Himmelens Geometri. Expressen (Stockholm, Sweden), den 3 maj 2003.
  • Neuman, Ricki. "’Gud utsätter människor för vad de tål.’" Svenska Dagbladet (Stockholm, Sweden), den 4 juli 2003.
  • Andersson, Kjell. ”Med ryggen åt världen.” Review of Regina Derieva’s Himmelens Geometri. Borås Tidning (Borås, Sweden), den 30 November 2003.
  • Ringgren, Magnus. ”Sökarens stora ensamhet.” Review of Regina Derieva’s Himmelens Geometri. Kyrkans Tidning (Stockholm, Sweden), den 8-14 januari 2004.
  • Chatterjee, Debjani. “Travelling Incognito.” Review of Regina Derieva’s Alien Matter. Poetry Review 96, no 1 (2006).
  • McConalogue, J. P. “Humanity and Time in the Poetry of Regina Derieva.” Projected Letters, Sunday, February 12, 2006.
  • Finch, Annie. “Review of Alien Matter.” The Annie Finch Blog, Summer 2006.
  • Venclova, Tomas. “White on White.” Review of Regina Derieva’s Alien Matter. The New Criterion 25 (June 2007).
  • Doreski, William. “The Last Island.” Review of Regina Derieva’s Alien Matter. Pembroke Magazine 39 (2007).
  • Istomina, Julia. “The Arm of Displacement.” at the Wayback Machine (archived June 20, 2007) Review of Regina Derieva’s Alien Matter. Salt Magazine 1 (April 2007). Accessed December 22, 2013.
  • Küchen, Maria. ”Om Oavbrutet svarta bilder.” Review of Regina Derieva’s Oavbrutet svarta bilder. Trots allt 3 (2007).
  • Persson, Malte. ”Om Oavbrutet svarta bilder.” Review of Regina Derieva’s Oavbrutet svarta bilder. Ord&Bild 3 and 4 (2007).
  • Revie, Ian. Review of The Sum Total Of Violations. The Warwick Review 3, no.4 (2009).
  • Hart, David. “A Mode of Mind.” Review of Regina Derieva’s The Sum Total of Violations. Stride Magazine (2009). Accessed December 22, 2013.]
  • Bowker, Veronika. Review of The Sum Total Of Violations. In Other Words (2009).

Geddes, Susan. Review of The Sum Total Of Violations. The Scotland-Russia Forum Review (June 2009).

  • Kelly, Catriona. Review of The Sum Total Of Violations. The Times Literary Supplement, October 28, 2009.
  • Rayfield, Donald. Review of Corinthian Copper and The Sum Total Of Violations. Translation and Literature 22 (2013).

Biographical Articles

  • Wolfgang Kasack, “Regina Derieva,” in Kindlers Neues Literatur Lexikon, ed. Rudolf Radler, Band 21 (München: Kindler, 1998).
  • Who is Who in the Churches of Jerusalem, 2nd ed., s. v. “Regina Derieva” (Moscow-Jerusalem: Bridges of Culture, 1999).

Interviews

  • New York Times, November 25, 1996.
  • L'Osservatore Romano, February 27, 1999.
  • The Guardian, May 15, 1999.
  • Svenska Dagbladet (Stockholm, Sweden), den 11 November 1999.
  • Svenska Dagbladet (Stockholm, Sweden), den 4 juli 2003.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Скончалась поэтесса Регина Дериева, стоявшая у истоков русскоязычной католической общины в Израиле.". Sibcatholic.ru. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  2. ^ pilgrims star 27002 Via Crucis.
  3. ^ Tomas Venclova, "White on White," Review of Regina Derieva’s Alien Matter. The New Criterion 25 (June 2007) [1] and Julia Istomina, "The Arm of Displacement," Review of Regina Derieva’s Alien Matter. Salt Magazine 1 (April 2007). Archived June 20, 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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