Comrade Past & Mister Present

Poetry and essays by Andrei Codrescu

June 1, 1986 • 6 x 9 • 112 pages • 978-0-918273-21-5

The Romanian-born NPR commentator renews the tradition of the poet as social critic.

This collection contains several long poems as well as prose and journal entries, including memoirs and opinion on moral, sexual, and political issues.

About the Author

Andrei Codrescu, World Heavyweight Champion Poet, essayist, novelist, and screenwriter, was born in Sibiu, Romania, in 1946, and immigrated to the United States in 1966. Author, translator, and anthologist of some two dozen books, including Comrade Past & Mister Present and it was today, Codrescu has edited the literary magazine Exquisite Corpse and his provocative commentary is featured regularly on National Public Radio’s award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered. His honors include the Peabody Award for his film Road Scholar, the Big Table Poetry Award, and the Literature Prize of the Romanian Cultural Foundation, as well as National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for poetry, editing, and radio. Codrescu currently resides in New Orleans, and is MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.


“This perpetual outsider offers ample evidence that even as his life grows more settled, he continues to push at his own outer limits. . . . [Codrescu] shifts effortlessly from comic surrealist to naturalist, philosopher to saint to madman, but he is always the seeker after transcendence, in thrall to the unknown.” —New York Times Book Review