By Vera Pavlova,Steven Seymour
Vera Pavlova's If there's something to Desire thrilled the poetry global many years in the past. Her poems, not often longer than a number of strains, thrill and puzzle us like Zen koans, contemplating issues philosophical, romantic, sexual, familial, inventive. Album for the younger (and Old), whose identify poem takes its identify and notion from Tchaikovsky’s track, incorporates us via a existence in miniatures, drawing from a wide-ranging crew of poems translated via the poet’s overdue husband, Steven Seymour. right here Pavlova returns to her youth 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 mild sufficient to hold with us.
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