Velimir Khlebnikov [translation: Aurora Bernardini]
Sempre, para sempre, lá e cá: poemas
[Always, Forever, Here and There: Poems]; 2010

Katarina Kartonera; Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil

 

Poems.

Text in Portuguese, translated from the original Russian.

Hand-sewn into hand-painted corrugated cardboard covers.


The Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922) was  part of the Russian Futurist Movement, an avant-garde tendency that sought to renew the arts in tandem with the social changes of the 1917 Revolution. The Futurists deemed  the wholesale recreation of language as one of the most important projects of any revolutionary movement. Khlebnikov invented zaum’, a transrational language in which he sought the “primeval meaning of existing word roots, expressed through consonantal sounds rather than conventional semantics.” For influential linguist Roman Jakobson, Khlebnikov was “the greatest world poet of our century.”