About Alex Galper

Alex Galper's illustrious life includes escaping to the West from being drafted to Russian army at the age of 19, studying poetry under Allan Ginsburg at Brooklyn College, working across USA as a computer consultant and finally performing his own poetry in Russian and English all over the world. His poetry is a combination of mysterious Russian soul, Jewish "laughter through tears" humor, and American admiration for open-forms and Beat counterculture protest. He has been published in over 50 Russian and English language magazines and is currently the subject of UK documentary "Brooklyn Siberia" to be released in the Fall, 08). Also, he is scheduled to read before Russian-American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan later this year. Currently, he splits his time between New York and Moscow.

Emily and Omar

In the Hell of the endless Brooklyn night on the crossroads of wars, perestroika, the sleeping terrorist cell waiting to explode in the middle of life, the unshaved face in the window cell looks in fear at angry Atlantic Ocean loudly arguing with ghosts of American Dickinson and Persian Khayyam. Great sinner Omar! You thought that the more you have, women and wine, the closer you are to God? Bullshit! God does not exist; a man drinks only because the … Read on…


On February 21, 1205 In the noise of busy marketplace Lost in the Middle East, An astrologer-sage predicted That in 800 years exactly I would get myself drunk as a cobbler And when a girl starts playing With my belly button I shall cry like a baby, And get horrified that At any moment I will get unwrapped And break apart in thousand pieces.

Daring Winter Escape

That December, Rocking in a chair And reading Rumi, I ceased to reflect in a mirror. You broke into tears: “How can I trust you ever again?” In January, I began to levitate By the chandelier Reading Khaayam. It made you nervous. You learned to Throw the rope like a cowboy, Pulling me back into the bed. And in February, I went into spontaneous combustion, But you, ready for contingencies, Slept with a fire-extinguisher And put the flames out, Destroying … Read on…