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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)
Seventh Legend
Death of Alexis the Roman Saint
You garden, patrician garden,
you marble, grafted on the heart,
you rustle over the dream-water,
over the Mediterranean youth,
sharing your last beauty
with an adopted orphan.

Yet petals hurl themselves down,
the water blossoms,
and the columns bloom so
that the heart beats from shame.

Yet can a person guess
why this garden has been planted,
why they abandon us in grief,
and call us back in joy
and say: “say farewell”,
and surround us with our past again?

Yet a window looks out on the garden.
As in a feeble-minded reflection
he recognizes his new look
in his restraint and greed.
The threads believe and ache:
“Surely God does not circulate like poison?”

He circulates, like poison does in the blood,
and being not dangerous to heathens,
He rips only the hearting heart,
like a love letter.
The heart pleads:
“Tear me!”

I sense a wild descent
of another capital. Before that one
you are a restrained humiliation,
the suburb of a second youth,
crying in the family, a hired howl.
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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