NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning Russian-American poet, Konstantin Kulakov, has recently announced that his debut collection of poems, Excavating The Sky, will be published on December 4, 2015 by Dialogue Foundation Books. The book by this emerging New York City-based poet contains illustrations by the Romanian visual artist, Adina-Larisa Sufana, and will be available for readers on Amazon and Kindle. Kulakov's work has been lauded by poets and intellectuals in the West, including renowned authors: David Rosenberg (The Book of J), Brian Teare (Companion Grasses) and Stephen Bronner (The Bigot: Why Prejudice Persists), with the American public intellectual and author, Cornel West calling his debut collection "an artistic gem."
Excavating the Sky is a collection of poems revolving around Konstantin Kulakov's complex personal struggles and the conflict between his inner spirituality by virtue of his Russian upbringing and the fragmentation of the market-driven New World. Kulakov's book gives his readers an insightful glance into the contradictions of his Muslim-Christian relationship, his dance with natural science and his endeavor to expose the raciality that he feels still exists in the American society.
Praise for Excavating The Sky
Despite Kulakov's bold stance on American society and his Russian origin, critics in the US have not shown any shortage of acclaim for his work. Kirkus Reviews labels him as a "promising new voice" and states that "Kulakov is clearly eager to grapple with his own faith—and with the faith of others." The magazine recognizes his poetry, calling it an "honest, evocative verse."
"These are brave, bold poems, excruciatingly beautiful as they lay bare our predicament and direct our gaze toward what he labels reality," praises The Christian Century. "Kulakov's is a voice to be reckoned with, in his prophetic stance, in the power of his language, and in his linkage of poetry with the life of faith."
Kulakov believes his poems to be an affirmation of inner human experience. He hopes his readers will find his poetry participatory by relating to and shaping his poems according to their own experiences.
About Konstantin Kulakov
Born in Zaoksky, Soviet Russia in 1989, Konstantin Kulakov is the recipient of the Greg Grummer Poetry Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Phoebe, Tule Review, The Christian Century, Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, Tidal Basin Review, and WildSpice. Given his international recognition, Kulakov's poems have been translated into Russian, including a forthcoming translation into German. He is currently completing his M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. For more information about Konstantin Kulakov, log on to http://www.konstantinkulakov.com/ or Email.
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