The Russian poet Boris Yulianovich Poplavsky (1903-1935), known to his contemporaries as the “Russian Rimbaud,” emigrated from Moscow to Paris at the age of eighteen. His promising literary career was cut short by an early death from a heroin overdose, but he is now gaining a widening readership among Russians. The prose poem “Time is a Liquid” is from an archive of his manuscripts discovered in 1998.
Karina Borowicz has recent work in AGNI Online, Bellevue Literary Review, and The Southern Review. Her translations have appeared on Poetry Daily. She lives in Western Massachusetts.