(1884 – 1961)
Kamensky Vasily Vasilyevich (1884 – 1961), the poet.
Born April 6 (18 N. p.) On the steamer, on the river Kama, near Perm. My father was a caretaker in the Ural gold mines. Early losing his parents, he was brought up in the family of his aunt, whose husband was the manager of a towed steamship company in Perm. Children’s years passed “among steamships, barges, rafts… hooks, sailors, captains.”
In 1900, Kamensky leaves school, forced to earn his living, works as a clerk in the bookkeeping department of the railway.
Since 1904 he began writing, publishing notes in the newspaper “Perm Krai”. He gets acquainted with local Marxists, who influenced the formation of his political views.
In these years he is fond of theater, becoming an actor, traveling with the troupe around Russia. Returning to the Urals, he conducted an active underground work among workers in railway workshops, was chairman of the strike committee, for which he was sent to prison. After freeing, travels to Istanbul, then to Tehran; The impressions from these cities will later be reflected in his work.
In 1907, Kamensky settles in St. Petersburg, begins to actively publish his poems, gaining fame in literary... circles. At the same time, he is engaged in painting, creating impressionistic landscapes and exhibiting them at exhibitions. Acquainted with V. Khlebnikov, D. and V. Burliuk, M. Matyushin and other poets, with whom in 1910 he published “Sadok judges” – a collection of the group “Kubofuturisty.” Publishes the lyric novel “Zemlyanka.”
In 1911 he was fond of aviation, becoming a professional aviator, making paid flights in various cities of Russia. After the accident and treatment again appears in St. Petersburg, where together with Mayakovsky and D. Burliuk leaves for different cities of Russia with lectures.
During the First World War, he cooperated with various publications, appeared in various collections, expanded the range of literary and artistic acquaintances (Remizov, Repin, Kuprin, Gorky, etc.). The main work of this period is the novel “Stenka Razin” (1916), revised in 1927 into a poem.
The October Revolution was greeted enthusiastically. In the 1920s written: the book “Summer on Kamenka”, the story “27 Adventures of Horta Joyce”, etc. In the 1930s – poems “Emelyan Pugachev”, “Ivan Bolotnikov.” Memoir books – “Path enthusiast”, “Life with Mayakovsky.” Died November 11, 1961 in Moscow.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.