Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt
by Matvei Yankelevich
Matvei Yankelevich is a fabulist. In his excellent new book he
is singing ‘a world in a flash of contours.’ The voice is dynamic,
and performs in a syncretic register: lyric, narrative, citation,
essay, and vaudeville are all present and doing important work
to expose us to ‘the animation of f-stops.’ Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt
is a spirited investigation by a truly original and fantastic poet.
In this suite of forty-five poems and occasional epigraphic
interpolations, Matvei Yankelevich posits worlds, each an
instant of place in motion. Time, site, transience: these are
the indelibles of world life. And, as such, under Yankelevich’s
observant eye and working hand and co-passionate mind,
these world instants are closely observed and vastly imagined.
For Yankelevich, worlds are intimate challenges. His poems
reciprocate. They are inviting –– and “you” to whom the invitation
is proffered (o world, o reader, o stranger, o history and now
and lock of hair and bee) will find yourself welcomed into
conditions that are unnerving and familiar and exquisite.
Published by Black Square Editions
Publication Date: 2015