Alexander Vvedensky, along with Daniil Kharms, was the ringleader of the OBERIU--a small collective of Russian avant garde writers and artists whose work coincided with the onset of the first Soviet era. Vvedensky was continually persecuted and jailed for his involvement in the OBERIU's "anti-Soviet" activities. He died on a prison train at the age of 37. Aside from the work he did as a children's author, none of his writing was published during his brief lifetime. Today, echoes of Vvedensky's writing, exploits and misfortunes can be heard in the Pussy Riot debacle. These poems tackle time, death, and the universal elements that fetter us all, with a language of sublime nonsense, humor, and protest. Kindly RSVP.