An Interview with Stanley Rabinowitz

Stanley Rabinowitz
It was like I had a block of ice and an ice pick. And I just had to bang it and chop it and mash it to get it finally into the right form.

Stanley Rabinowitz and his former student, poet and translator Matthew Zapruder '89, discuss their mutual past unfamiliarity with the world of classical dance — a world brought to life through the intellect and passion of Russian scholar and dance critic Akim Volynsky.

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Matthew Zapruder '89

Matthew Zapruder '89 is the author of two collections of poetry: American Linden (Tupelo Press, 2002), and The Pajamaist (Copper Canyon, 2006), selected by Tony Hoagland as the winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is also co-translator of Secret Weapon, the final collection by the late Romanian poet Eugen Jebeleanu (Coffee House Press, 2007). German and Slovenian language editions of his poems are forthcoming in 2009 from Luxbooks and Serpa Editions; Luxbooks has recently published a separate German language graphic novel version of the poem “The Pajamaist,” Der Pyjamaist, translated by Ron Winkler and illustrated by Martina Hoffman.

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Stanley Rabinowitz and Matthew Zapruder were recorded in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture.