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Studying Russian On Company Time
Studying Russian On Company Time
by Clemens Starck
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Studying Russian On Company Time
by Clemens Starck

In this unusual book, Oregon poet and carpenter Clemens Starck recounts in verse and in prose his involvement with Russia and the Russian language. "What began as a joke," writes Starck in the prologue, "soon turned into an obsession." Poems written during and around his two trips to Russia in the 1990s alternate with brief prose commentaries providing the background and context from which the poems arose.

Clemens Starck, a 1998 Witter Bynner Fellow at Willamette University, received both the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award and the Oregon Book Award in Poetry for his collection, Journeyman’s Wages (Story Line Press, 1995). For thirty-five years, Starck has earned his living as a journeyman carpenter. He lives in rural Oregon.