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 Evening Song
All the Works
Turrets to the sides, lookout towers, steeples,
stony darkness.
All the works which have been loved
or conceived for ages –

nickel and aluminum, stepladders,
those pawn-brokers of the height –
the tender eyes of the Dormition and St. Sophia1,
o earth, will you shut even them? –

a furious whirlwind will scatter
all the works as it should be...
Or Mercy, have your hands not touched them
along with our own hands?
Slava I. Yastremski and Michel Naydan

1 The tender eyes of the Dormition and St. Sophia - is a reference to a Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God (most likely the one in the Moscow Kremlin) and the Cathedrals of St. Sophia in Kiev and Novgorod.
 All the Works
Trees, Strong Wind
A Song
To V.V. Bibikhin
A Lullaby
A Childhood Visit to a Village
In Memory of Father Alexander Men’
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