1960 Born in Lvov (Lviv), Ukraine
1975 Graduates from Art School at The Architectural
1983 Enters Gorky Institute of Literature
in Moscow, where he joins a group formed around a seminar
led by Aleksandr Mikhailov. The group would eventually call
itself "metarealists." Writes "Ode."
1983-1988 Works at the publisher "Kniga"
1987 Publishes Russian translation of Pope's
"Essay on Man"
1988 First trip abroad to Denmark in the
company of Voznesensky, Parshchikov,
Zhdanov, Kim and others.
1990 First book Pentathlon of Emotions
1990-1992 Works for the BBC in London. Marries
and settles in Lund, Sweden. Trains to be a bicycle repairman,
but manages only to learn the "linguistic" side
of his work. Enters graduate study at Stockholm University
1992 Publishes a collection of Swedish poetry
1993 Meets Brodsky
for the first time at a poetry festival in Rotterdam. Book
Odysseus' Bow published by Sovetskij Pisatel', St.
1994 Finishes graduate study. Receives job
at Northwestern University teaching Russian poetry.
1995 Ode on Visiting the Belosaraisk
Spit on the Sea of Azov (Ода) published in bilingual
edition by Alef Publishers.