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)
Second Legend
Among the paths, entrusted to the heart,
there is a path that has been cleared in days gone by:
for the refugees, those burnt out of their homes,
and all who walk like them –

holding back their souls in their breast,
girding their clothes tight, step
striking after step, so as not to listen
to the whip of hope, the whistling in the ears.

Who knew that God is a favourable wind?
He is the hostile family of winds:
thus you must straighten yourself up in response
and only shiver while resisting,

and fall on the ground because of love,
and put a curse on your strong body,
a casket, locked on the earth,

and they held out their hands thus,
as though they were offering God
wine in a sealed bottle:

“Open it up at last, try it,
See if it tastes and looks
Like the distance, infused with evil,
Making us recognize You”!

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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