To have great poets, there must be great audiences, too. - Anonymous
Sasha Chernyi (Alexander Mikhailovich Glikberg, 1880-1932)
First Book. Satires. (only russian)
Second Book. Satires and Lyrics. (only russian)
Book Three. Thirst. (only russian)
Book Four. Children's Island. (only russian)
First and foremost, Sasha Chernyi was a poet and satirist. He was born in Odessa. Although his life has not been thoroughly studied, his works are rather widely published in Russia.
Chernyi was first published in the St. Petersburg weekly magazine "Viewer". Kornei Ivanovich Chukovskyi wrote: "I vividly remember the noisy happiness with which the public met Sasha Chernyi's "Nonsense", written in the November episode of "Viewer". Our readers quickly began learning it by heart."
The first collection of his ironic poetry, entitled "Various Motives" came out in 1906. It was followed by "Satires and Lyrics" and several childrens' poems in 1911. Boldness, wit, and even audacity were characteristic qualities of his work, and his children's poems were entertaining, educational, and quick-witted.
Sasha Chernyi emigrated in 1920, and lived out of the country until his death in 1932.