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, hardly longer than a couple of traces, thrill and puzzle us like Zen koans, contemplating issues philosophical, romantic, sexual, familial, inventive. Album for the younger (and Old), whose name poem takes its identify and concept from Tchaikovsky’s song, contains us via a lifestyles in miniatures, drawing from a wide-ranging team of poems translated through the poet’s overdue husband, Steven Seymour. right here Pavlova returns to her formative years 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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Album for the Young (and Old): Poems by Vera Pavlova,Steven Seymour