Poems and Elegies

Poems and Elegies

Poems and Elegies

Poems and Elegies

Synopsis

An intensely philosophical and religious poet, Olga Sedakova writes of nature, music, and the inner, spiritual life. As one of the preservers of traditional Russian culture, she stands in stark contrast to the rampant commercialization in contemporary Russian life, instead tracing her poetic roots back to the early avant-garde movements of pre-revolutionary Russia. For that stance, she endured years of censorship and silencing during the Soviet regime her poems distributed by hand in mimeographed copies or by word of mouth. This volume introduces to an English-speaking audience an extensive selection of poems by one of Russia's most distinguished lyric poets writing today.

Excerpt

The names fly out of a magical horn,
but the meadow chooses the language:
intelligent—it touched the alphabet of reason,
insane—it emerged like a word.

There, holding its breath, an ancient life lifts
a cloistered Egyptian blossom.
The other life lost its way and now breaks branches
pressing wet hands to its cheeks … . . .

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