About the Author

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)
In The Mood of Leopardi
O numi, o, numi
Al Italia
Neither the powerful spirit, nor refined mind,
nor the heart, crushed down deep,
nor the feminine happiness of inspiration
will visit or save you.

You sleep, like a drunk. Your Savonarola
never believed. It is more dear to carry
brushwood to the bonfire than while they sleep
to let him be depressed, argue and threaten a little.

Your Mozart smiles at the murderers,
and not for money – but so as to survive
among the living and then, somewhere else...

The children play a double game. The old men
don’t dare to remind themselves
of what they have done. Alas that lazy sneer
is growing within me
like a tumour, eating into other matter.
Your Ecclesiastes talks such rubbish that
peasant women in the kitchen would be ashamed of –
but shame has flown off from here long ago.
How about your mercy? your meekness?
and your much-sung humility?
The well-fed are right.
Why then are you silent?
Say something to me.
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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