Excavating the Sky

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Excavating the Sky

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"Konstantin Kulakov is a genuine poet - with a subtle intelligence and lyrical power. Excavating The Sky is an artistic gem!" Cornel West

"Kulakov's is a voice to be reckoned with... These are brave, bold poems, excruciatingly beautiful..." The Christian Century

"['Keats by Glenmont Metro'] restricts itself to so few notes and picks them out one by one...the meditative mind bound to the world by fear, desire, and mortal knowledge." Brian Teare, author of Companion Grasses (Slate's best poetry books of 2013) 

In his debut collection of poems, Excavating the Sky, award-winning poet Konstantin Kulakov labors to relate the inner spirituality of his Russian background to the fragmentation of a market-driven New World. Whether it is his Muslim-Christian relationship, his dance with natural science, or his struggle to expose continued US raciality, Kulakov seeks the contradictions in everything, "mixing words to bring-out sparks." What emerges is a spiritual language that resists the exclusionary tendencies of the 21st century and offers subtle flashes of possibility. 

                               "...In my room,
I punch in letters, mixing words
to bring-out sparks. And it is You, Yahweh."  ("Excavating the Sky," p. 50)