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Velimir Khlebnikov

"Incantation by Laughter"

Text and Translation

  • Paul Schmidt Translation: Link
  • Charles Bernstein Translation and the Original Russian Poem: Link

Audio

  • Roman Jakobson, Russian, 1954 (0:52): MP3
  • Oleg Minin, Russian, February 4, 2009 (1:57): MP3
  • Charles Bernstein, Translation, October 14, 2015 (0:28): MP3
  • Charles Bernstein's Variations, Translation, (0:28): MP3

Video

Explodity: An Evening of Transrational Sound Poetry, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, February 4, 2009

Velimir Khlebnikov's Word Transformations
With Oleg Minin and Christian Bök
  • "Bobeobi pelis' guby" (Boh-beh-o-bee is the lipsong), 1914 (1:21) : MP3
  • "Kuznechik" (Grasshopper), 1908–1909 (1:07) : MP3
  • "Nash kochen' ochen' ozabochen" (Let us all be heads of lettuce), 1914 (1:02) : MP3
  • "Zakliatie smekhom" (Incantation by laughter), 1910 (3:01) : MP3
  • Excerpt from "Propeven' o prorosli mirovoi" (Chant of universal flowering) by Pavel Filonov, 1915 (1:26) : MP3

  • Khlebnikov and Kruchenykh's "Beyonsense"
    With Oleg Minin and Steve McCaffery

  • Introduction by Gerald Janecek (1:16) : MP3
  • "Rusakli poiut" (The mermaids sing), excerpt from Dereviannye idoly (Wooden idols), 1915 (0:50) : MP3
  • "Bezsmert'e" (Immortality), 1917 (0:44) : MP3
  • "Shchiusel' biuzi niabe," 1915 (2:03) : MP3
  • "Vysoty: Vselenskij yazyk" (Heights: Universal language), 1914 (1:37) : MP3
  • "Dyr bul shchyl," with the poet's introduction, 1913 (1:32) : MP3

Readings from Tango with Cows:

  • Velimir Khlebnikov - “Nash kochen’ ochen’ ozabochen” (Let us all be heads of lettuce) 0:32 : MP3
  • Velimir Khlebnikov - “Bo beh oh bee” 1:23 : MP3
  • Velimir Khlebnikov - “Zakliatie smekhom” (Incantation by Laughter) 1:57 : MP3
  • Velimir Khlebnikov - Excerpt from Derevyannye idoly (Wooden Idols) 0:29 x : MP3
  • Velimir Khlebnikov - “Kuznechik” (Grasshopper) 0:32 x : MP3
  • Alexei Kruchenykh and Velimir Khlebnikov - Excerpt from Igra v adu (A Game in Hell) 1:15 : MP3
  • Alexei Kruchenykh and Velimir Khlebnikov - Excerpt from Igra v adu (A Game in Hell) 1:23 : MP3
  • Alexei Kruchenykh and Velimir Khlebnikov - Excerpt from Igra v adu (A Game in Hell) 1:15 : MP3
  • Alexei Kruchenykh and Velimir Khlebnikov - Excerpt from Igra v adu (A Game in Hell) 0:38 : MP3

These recordings are available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. © 2015 the estate of Velimer Khelbnikov. Recordings used with the permission of Velimer Khelbnikov. Distributed by PennSound.