Don Mager / Author
Don Mager, retired Professor of English and Dean of Arts and Letters at Johnson C. Smith University, has published over 200 poems and translations from German, Czech and Russian. His volumes of poetry are: To Track the Wounded One (Ridgeway Press, 1988), Glosses (St. Andrews Presbyterian College Press, 1995), That Which is Owed to Death (Main Street Rag Press 1998), Borderings (Union County Writers Press, 1998), Good Turns (Main Street Rag Press 2002), The Elegance of the Ungraspable (Main Street Rag Press 2003), Birth Daybook (D-N Publishing, 2008), Drive Time (Main Street Rag Press 2008) and Russian Riffs (Main Street Rag Press 2012). Readers are invited to visit his site at www.donmager.org.
Us Four Plus Four (University of New Orleans Press, 2009) is an anthology of translations from eight major Soviet-era Russian poets. It is unique because it tracks almost a half century of their careers by simply placing the poems each wrote to the others in chronological order. The 85 poems represent one of the most fascinating conversations in poems produced by any group of poets in any language or time period. From poems and infatuation and admiration to anger and grief and finally to deep tribute, the anthology invites readers into the unfolding lives of such inimitable creative forces as Anna Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetaeva and Osip Mandelstam.