By Vera Pavlova,Steven Seymour
Vera Pavlova's If there's something to Desire thrilled the poetry international many years in the past. Her poems, infrequently longer than a couple of strains, thrill and puzzle us like Zen koans, contemplating concerns philosophical, romantic, sexual, familial, inventive. Album for the younger (and Old), whose name poem takes its identify and suggestion from Tchaikovsky’s song, contains us via a lifestyles in miniatures, drawing from a wide-ranging workforce of poems translated by way of the poet’s overdue husband, Steven Seymour. the following Pavlova returns to her youth to peruse its key materials (“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 mild adequate to hold with us.
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Album for the Young (and Old): Poems by Vera Pavlova,Steven Seymour