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From the book Kliazma and Yauza
From the book The Wild Rose  
From the book Tristan and Isolde
From the book Old Songs
From the book Gates. Windows. Arches
From the book Stanzas in the Manner of Alexander Pope
From the book Stellae and Inscriptions
From the book The Iambic Verses
The Chinese Travelogue
From An Unfinished Book
From the book The Evening Song
From the book Elegies
From the book The Beginning of a Book
From the book The Wild Rose
Legends and Fantasies
(1976 - 1978)
Sixth Legend
When huge fate roars
like the wind, tempting the traveller,
pulling at his clothes,
and you envy your soul more than another᾽s –
an old monk asks:
“Tell me who am I like?”

and he sees a living mirror,
winged and a guardian,
murmuring and descending on him,
and it reflects the same darkness
that he fought against. But in it,
in the clairvoyant breathing beyond the glass,
the soul is like a coloured cloud,
surrounded by the broad day.

Thus somebody᾽s living soul
will not stand the light of day,

and recovering grief with grief,
and shielding word with word,
will gather up the darkness of travel
around it, and go through in it.

And in the soul the monk᾽s fire burns.
And the light sounds like a parable.

Richard McKane
The Wild Rose
Second Legend
 Sixth Legend
Seventh Legend. Death of Alexis the Roman Saint
Selva Selvaggia
Now in warm gold, in broad bindings...
Preamble to the Song
Strange Journey
The Flight of the Prodigal Sun
Night Legend. The Nun’s Funeral
Candlemas Day
Names fly out of the magical horn...
Cat, Butterfly, Candle
Water: The Peasant Woman
Eight Octets
In The Mood of Leopardi
I carry two books, as I go I am leaving...
We shall walk slowly and listen attentively...
I often dream of death offering...
Legends about ascetics are similar...
I cannot make them stop their music...
Three Mirrors
Farewell Wind
Somewhere in the corner of a neglected illness...
Journey of the magi
Mountain Lullaby
Morning in The Garden
The Cat’s Look
Azarovka. A Suite of Landscapes
Portrait of the Artist in his Picrure
Tenth Legend. Jacob
Eleventh Legend. Supper
Twelfth Legend. Sergey Radonezhsky
Magic Stone
A Faible
“I raise the radiance, like a fallen hand...
The Old Poet
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