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Konstantin Kedrov is a poet of the Universe. Konstantin Kedrov has many faces: he is Russian avant-garde poet and philosopher, he is philologist and literary critic, he is a scientist and lecturer. He finished Kazan University(the same where a hundred years ago Lev Tolstoy and Velimir Khlebnikov studied) and made his post-graduate research in Moscow Literary Institute. Since 1974 he was a lecturer of Literary Institute, but in 1986 he was fired for the propagation of universal life and the modern poetry (metametafora). Kedrov was not a dissident, at least not a political dissident, he rather was otherwise-minded in the strict sense of the word – he things by universal categories that connect human-being to Universe, inner to outer, art with Creator intention. But KGB has no an intention to look into such niceties – they instituted a legal proceedings on Kedrov. Fortunately the investigation has not shown any criminality that is anti-Soviet propaganda in Kedrov lectures, and poet was saved. Soon Kedrov brilliantly defended a dissertation on philosophy about cosmos in literature, on interrelations of humans and Universe. His research concerned universal system of signs that could be read and seen in all levels, from atoms to stars. He has called this system a metacode. In the dissertation Kedrov described the projection of the universe to human minds through mythology and literature. He has found interaction and correlations between different images and symbols in poetry and mythology. His discoveries look very simple, even obvious. But it is a necessary feature of Universal metacode. To Kedrov there are Universal laws, the Earth and planets and stars follow these laws, and human minds have reflections of the same laws. And there are other laws – laws of freedom and arts. So Kedrov establishes a poetical group DOOS (Voluntaire Society of Protection of Dragonflies). Each ex-Soviet person can find in this phrase a part of Soviet set expression – during those years everybody had to be a member of several so called Voluntaire Society of Protection –for example, Voluntaire Society of Protection of Nature, Monuments, or Children. In reality all the responsibilities of members of these society consisted in monthly payments to the federal centre. The membership in these societies was obligatory. As for Dragonfly, is has flown from Krilov’s fable “A Dragonfly and an Ant” about hard-working ant and flittering dragonfly. But dragonfly is beautiful and it’s dance is a form of art, supposed Kedrov, so it should be protected as an artist. So DOOS works (and not just for dragonflies) and makes performances in Russia, Germany and French. Poetical anthologies of their works are published in these countries. In 1999 Kedrov has been elected a president of Russian Poetry Society created under the patronage of UNESCO. Russian Poetry Society lead by Kedrov participates in international book fairs, in scientific conferences, in World Poetry Days. Since 1995 he has been publishing a journal of Poetry. In this journal works of experimental literature, visual poetry, graphic poetry, palindromes and anagram poetry have being published. Kedrov poetry conception does not start out of nowhere. For Kedrov writers of the past are of great importance. He looked at their works and at their discoveries over and over again. The figures of the most importance for Kedrov are Shakespeare and Leo Tolstoy. He re-thinks and re-writes Hamlet or Ivan Illich or Anna Karenina. Re-write – for Kedrov means not make a re-make, but to return to the images and to the problems of these works, to see them by the eye-seeing of the man of XXI century. As a result the death becomes the beginning of something new, and hard and heavy cast iron steam-engine that causes a catastrophe, turns away reflecting in a mirror and it itself became mirror-like. Poet repeats and repeats that all Universe is the reflection of a human being and that human being is a reflection of the Universe. We will read here a poem Computer of Love written by Kedrov in 1984. In 2003 and 2005 for this poem he was awarded the GRAMMY Russian Prize in literature as a poet of the year.
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