This site is based on the book Contemporary Russian Free Verse: The Anthology
. Published in Moscow in 2019, the book is a collection of poetry by the authors
who participated in the first 25 Free Verse Festivals held from 1990 to 2018 in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Tver. That is why it does not include poets who wrote free verse, but never took part in our festivals (for example, G. Aygi or O. Sedakova). English translations were created by an international team of translators
from Australia, Great Britain, Russia, United States and other countries.
Contemporary Russian free verse (vers libre
) is defined by the festival organizers as a distinct type of national versification that abandons, as a matter of principle, traditional secondary characteristics of poetic speech (rhyme, syllabic meter, stanzaic structure, and line equality or arrangement by syllable and stress counts). The foundation of free verse is the primary poetic rhythm that distinguishes it from prose, the rhythm of lines, the author's placement of line breaks.