Rich in texture, poignant, subtle, and beautifully made, the poems of Eugene Dubnov are long overdue for a collection in in America. At home in several cultures, Dubnov is a true original.
A real gift.
Prof. John Bayley, Oxford
Resonance of great Russian poetry of the past in a uniquely original voice.
Prof. Sir Dmitry Obolensky, Oxford
A significant... interesting and resourceful poet.
Prof. Gerald Smith, Chair of Russian, Oxford, in Scottish Slavonic Review
Impressions arising when reading these poems are of a concentrated in one gust burning passion for freedom characteristic of thinking individuals of the author’s generation. Thousands of times sold, betrayed and compromised, the word "freedom" comes to life in these poems and fills up with its true, irresistible content. These poems were written in Soviet Russia where, in their author’s words, "There’s a heavy price that must be paid / For the ability to leave the ground."
The New Russian Word (New York), 1972
An original talent... a combination of hypnotic melody with polished mastery of form.
Prof. Donald Rayfield, University of London, in Books in Russian
A real journey of the spirit... Body of work that advances steadily in accomplishment... The author shows intimacy and assured way with language which responds happily to his touch... he has learned from poets such as Pasternak and Mandelstam, yet develops his own voice.
Prof. Henry Gifford, University of Bristol
A sensitive look into the nature of things and events, close attention to earth’s great and small marks... unceasing thinking process and meaningfulness... unquestionable sincerity and trust in the reader... mastery of language... Similes and metaphors in Eugene Dubnov’s poetry please the eye with their freshness and precision.
The New Review (New York)
Eugene Dubnov’s poetry is remarkable for its richly dense texture and tight structure.
Multifarious and fruitful experience at cross-sections of cultures... the richness and breadth of experience fully paid for by the spiritual exertion.
Prof. Helena Konstantinovsky in The Renaissance
Philosophical density and intellectualism side by side with erudition; close attention to historical realities.
Dr. Ida Lifshitz, University of Moscow, in The Companion
I like Eugene Dubnov’s poems; they are intelligent, meaningful and unconcerned with impressing the reader.
Alexander Kushner, National Poet of Russia