By Vera Pavlova,Steven Seymour
Vera Pavlova's If there's something to Desire overjoyed the poetry global many years in the past. Her poems, infrequently longer than a couple of traces, thrill and puzzle us like Zen koans, contemplating concerns philosophical, romantic, sexual, familial, inventive. Album for the younger (and Old), whose identify poem takes its identify and idea from Tchaikovsky’s track, incorporates us via a existence in miniatures, drawing from a wide-ranging workforce of poems translated by way of the poet’s past due husband, Steven Seymour. right here Pavlova returns to her early life to peruse its key parts (“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 adequate to hold with us.
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