Boris Poplavsky was born in Moscow on May 24th 1903. After the 1917 Revolution he and his father moved to Yalta where his writing career was to begin. In 1919 he emigrated to Constantinople before finally settling in Paris in 1921 where he remained until his life was cut short in October 1935. His death was the result of a tragic accident. At the time of his death Poplavsky had only published one book of poems, Flags (1930). However, by this time he had already built up quite a reputation. His posthumous collections include: Snowy Hour (1936), From a Garland of Wax (1938) and Airship of an Unknown Direction (1965). He also completed one novel, Apollo Unformed, and started another, Home from the Heavens, as well as writing extensive journals.
– from the introduction by Belinda Cooke and Richard McKane in MPT Series 3/3 Metamorphoses