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
The Chinese Travelogue

If you could dull its perspicuity, free it from chaos, limit its gleam,
liken it to a grain of dust, then it would seem to exist clearly.

With tenderness and depth –
for only tenderness is deep,
only depth possesses tenderness –
I recognise in a thousand faces
who has seen it,
whom it has looked at,
the tender depth
and the deep tenderness
that gazes out from stones as out of glass.

So let the warm lamp of the west
give light,
and the street lamp, the moth trap.
Talk to our homely light,
sun of tenderness and depth
sun deserting the earth
the first and the last sun.

Richard McKane



With tenderness and depth –
since only tenderness is deep,
and only depth possesses tenderness –
out of a thousand faces I’d know;
whoever has seen it, on whomever it has glanced
from stone things as if from glass,
tender depth and deep tenderness.

So light up,
warm lantern of a west,
lamp, moth trap.
Speak once more
with our everyday light
sun of tenderness and of depth,
sun which is quitting the earth,
first and final sun.

Andrew Wachtel
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