Igor Brezhnev is a poet, an author, an artist and a graphic designer. He is roaming the West Coast thinking up new art, books and helping shape creative projects.
This book is a collection of poetry by Igor Brezhnev published by Liquid Gravity Publishing in August of 2018 after a successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. It contains 100 poems written between 2010 and 2018. The book consists of two parts. First part contains the illustrated poem ‘america is…’ which highlights the good, the bad and the ugly of today’s American experience and sets the background for the second part, titled ‘other love stories’, a gathering of poems that speak of subjects ranging from grief to romantic love to playful examination of today’s customs and mores.
You can find studio recordings of some of the poems from this book on Igor’s first poetry album Good Days & Bad Days on igorbrezhnev.bandcamp.com
‘america is…’ poem in a 4.25”x5.5” booklet. Each booklet is numbered is stamped.
about ‘america is...’
This poem and part of this afterword has been featured by Nailed Magazine on the 4th of July of 2018. I deeply appreciate the symbolism of that particular occurrence. Many thanks to Sam Preminger, the poetry editor of the magazine for making it happen. Visit Nailed Magazine at www.nailedmagazine.com.
The illustrations for this poem have been made by two very talented artists Grace Anderson and Bernard McKenna. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to include their work with mine in print.
The poem is long. It could be longer. There is much to say about life in America. It is repetitive, but then so are fast food franchises and strip malls. The poem has been inspired by a few train rides, as well as many personal and witnessed experiences in the twenty-five years of becoming a part of the tapestry of life in America.
The number of verses has been capped at 67 to represent 50 states, one federal district, and the 16 territories that comprise the geography of the USA. Somehow the territories are forgotten in the count most of the time, which to me is a constant reminder of unrepresented people in this country.
I feel that American experience cannot be summed up, but it can be highlighted, that is what this poem is. It is a light on the good, the bad, and the ugly of time and space that America is today. It is a condensation of the emotions all around us. It is my hope that those who have not felt these emotions would do so through this poem and be able to empathize, and that those who have felt would know they are not unheard. Ultimately, it is a call for change—see the bad and the ugly and confront it.
Igor has authored three books so far: the book of possibilities (2012), dearest void (2016) and america is a dry cookie and other love stories (2018).
america is a dry cookie and other love stories
We live in interesting times. It seems that our lives are filled with a sense of constant crisis. There are growing divisions in our communities. Perhaps, the proverbial curse—”may you live in interesting times”—came to pass for us.
Today’s American experience cannot be summed up, but it can be highlighted through shared stories to encourage thought and conversation about the changes that we want to make in our communities. The poetic stories I write seek to do just that, while looking for hope, beauty and laughter even in the darkest moments of these times.
I write about love and heartbreak, death and grief, depression and joy, about the ideas of dignity and home. Once in a while I add a healthy dollop of nonsense to otherwise stark subjects. I believe that through sharing our stories we learn not only to connect with our own unvoiced emotions, but to empathize with emotions of others, and ultimately make the changes that make lives better.
That is why I’d like to share my stories in this book with you.
These paragraphs were the opening of the Kickstarter campaign to publish my new book ‘america is a dry cookie and other love stories’. The campaign went live on June 15th and ended on July 15th of 2018. What a wild roller coaster ride it has been. With three days to spare the campaign succeeded in raising its goal of $3,500 needed to print the book, get materials for rewards and pay for shipping of rewards to backers of the campaign. In those last three days it proceeded to raise another $601 for a grand total of $4,107. One hundred and three people have voted for this book to exist and for that I am forever grateful.
The book turned out better than I have hoped. During the Kickstarter campaign two incredibly talented artists, Grace Anderson and Bernard McKenna, have lent their skills to the poem from repeating line of which the book takes its title, creating fifteen powerful illustrations. The book grew from the original estimated 150 pages to 192 pages long. It includes exactly one hundred poems I have written between 2010 and 2018. One of those poems is an untitled ‘hidden track’, a nod to all my musician friends, proving that indeed you can have a hidden track in a book.
Impact Printing, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has reprised their role as my printer and once again have done a most exemplary job of producing a book I am proud to hold in my hands. This collection was published by Liquid Gravity Publishing, a Phoenix company which continues to support my journey on the writing path. My thanks to both of these companies and all the people who have worked on producing the book.
There are many more tasks ahead of me to give this book a lasting life, but the its journey has started well. The first printing consisted of 300 copies and at the time of writing this story more than one third of the books have found their new homes. My thanks to all of the people that got a copy of the book and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing.
—Igor Brezhnev (portland, oregon - 08.27.2018)
dearest void is a collection of writings completed by Igor Brezhnev between the years of 2012 and 2016 and published by Liquid Gravity Publishing. The poetic stories told in this book are located somewhere between the mystical and the mundane, death and love, hope and despair, magic and reality, humanity and otherness. dearest void is a kind of travel diary with entries arranged not by date or place, but some arcane measure of encountered feeling.
This book is now out of print, but a couple of new and used copies are still available on Amazon.
the book of possibilities
Twenty six extra-short stories, bordering on poetry, invite the reader to open up to possibilities and gently question life. There is a lot of white space in the book of possibilities—quite intentionally so. The white space is part of the writing.
This book was released as an e-book in 2012 and has been downloaded over 5,000 times. It is no longer available for download, however, a few of the poems from this book have found their way into america is a dry cookie and other love stories.
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