NEW HULL Mikhail Kuzmin

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Published as a chapbook 100 years ago, New Hull is a cycle of love poems by Mikhail Kuzmin (1872–1936), Russia’s first openly gay writer, in response to Fritz Lang’s film Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922). The poem’s Orphic verse addresses the American playboy billionaire, Edgar Hull, wrestling him back from Mabuse’s oppressive gaze. Kuzmin’s elegy speaks to virtual world citizens, teasing media presence beyond passive-active viewing on a sleepwalker-spectator-dictator continuum, gently steering film plot and allegory into lyric song.


 "The poem is a haunted vessel, an astrologer’s portal."

Danny Snelson

Mikhail Kuzmin (1872–1936) was a poet most famous for writing Russia’s first openly-gay novel, Wings (1907), and his poem cycle, Trout Breaks the Ice (1929). Kuzmin is an over-looked but important figure: a multi-talented, multi-media writer whose work spans genre (prose, poetry, libretto, cinema), periods (Romanticism and Modernism), and two historical moments (before and after the Russian Revolution). He influenced the Acmeists with his manifesto “On Beautiful Clarity” (O Prekrasnoi Iasnosti) and was among poets like Osip Mandelstam confronting the potentials of the new medium of cinema in verse. 
Simona Schneider’s translations have appeared in Harper’sThe New YorkerLiterature Across Frontiers. She was a finalist for Three Percent’s prize for translations in Dmitry Golynko’s As It Turned Out (UDP). She is a media scholar and received a PhD in Comparative Literature with an emphasis in Film & Media from the University of California, Berkeley.