By Vera Pavlova,Steven Seymour
Vera Pavlova's If there's something to Desire overjoyed the poetry international many years in the past. Her poems, hardly ever longer than a number of strains, thrill and puzzle us like Zen koans, contemplating issues philosophical, romantic, sexual, familial, creative. Album for the younger (and Old), whose name poem takes its identify and concept from Tchaikovsky’s song, includes us via a lifestyles in miniatures, drawing from a wide-ranging crew of poems translated by means of the poet’s past due husband, Steven Seymour. the following Pavlova returns to her early life to peruse its key constituents (“a glass jar, a rag, a sponge . . . Mom’s hearing the Beatles, / Dad, to Radio Liberty”), confronts maturity (“And, please, no forbidden fruits!”), balances her loves and losses (“Without you, my unquenchable . . . woes are bearable, / joys are not”). once more, this poet’s piquant brief poems sum up worlds and tackle heavyweight demanding situations, but are gentle sufficient to hold with us.
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