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(1949-2013)

 

A photo of Regina taken in 1973 by unknown photographer.


About Regina Derieva

"The real authors here are poetry and freedom themselves."
                                                   Joseph Brodsky

"Science teaches that eighty percent of the universe
consists of dark matter, so called. Regina Derieva learned
this same fact in a very hard school.  She does not consent
to it, though.  She knows that the hurt truth in us points
to a dimension where, for example, victory is cleansed of
battle.  Her strict, economical poems never waver from
that orientation." 
                                                        Les Murray

"Regina Derieva's best poems are simultaneously elusive and 
immediate, striking and understated, personal and distanced. 
Few poets attempt such transformation in so few words."

                                                       Tim Liardet

"Regina Derieva was, first and foremost, a Christian poet, a 
worthy heir of a long line of metaphysical poets, be they 
English, French or Russian. Far from any inflated rhetoric or
didactics, her poems reached the very core of the Christian 
experience, which meant serious and fearless attitude to life,
suffering and death. The imagery and syntax of the Gospels 
and the Books of Prophets was, for her, a natural element just
as apocalyptic presentiments and mystical hope formed the axis
of her world-outlook".
                                                   Tomas Venclova

"The importance of Derieva’s poetry lies in this sense of how
worlds permeate each other, how the world inside and the
world outside harmonize or struggle against each other with
little distinction between the state of politics and culture 
and the state of the soul."
                                               Pembroke Magazine 

"I've read Regina's poems and found many of them very 
striking, particularly the newer ones.  She's a real
metaphysical!"
                                                     James Lasdun

 "Derieva delights in contradictions and is a master of the 
epigram.  'Maxims and Paradoxes on the Accidental Sheets'
begins:  'All my life / I sought / an angel. / And he 
appeared/ in order to say: / I am no angel!' Throughout 
it all she wears her heart on her sleeve--and perhaps this
makes her unfashionable among contemporary poets; but hers
is a brave and eminently readable voice."
                                               Poetry Review (UK) 

"They [ Regina Derieva's poems] are remarkable for their
pain and lyricism, and she should be better known in the
States." 
                                                       Annie Finch

"Regina Derieva’s relationship with the world was severe and 
tender, truthful and tragic; it reflects her own tragic life as
well as the tragedies of the country she was born in. Her 
poetry has a wide range of topics: from religious believes to 
everyday life. It can help to find a difficult answer to a 
difficult question; it can also comfort the reader or even 
cure."
                                               Valentina Polukhina
 



Reviews of books by Regina Derieva

Reviews of books by Regina Derieva

Reviews of books by Regina Derieva
 


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Recent Books

CORINTHIAN COPPER
Marick Press
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from Marick Press

THE SUM TOTAL
OF VIOLATIONS
Arc Publications
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OF VIOLATIONS
from ARC PUBLICATIONS


Recent_Publications
Poetry
Salt Magazine
Words Without Borders
Quadrant
Cyphers
Ars Interpres
Salt
Artful Dodge
Notre Dame Review
The Liberal
QLRS
Dublin Poetry Review

Anthologies

New European Poets
IOU:  New Writing
  on Money 
An Anthology of 
   Contemporary Russian
   Women Poets


 
Recent_Recordings
De Profundis

CD of a cantata by 
Armando Pierucci set to 
texts by Regina Derieva and
performed by the Aidija
Chamber Choir with the
Vilnius String Quartet...
 
 
                 
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