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  1. 4 out of 5

    Griffin Alexander

    I love George Reavey's translations of Russian in general, but the poems selected here are a little flat compared to say those chosen in Selected Poems—Yevtushenko shines most in the Symbolistic mode, and many of the poems here are more in the faux-quotidian resolving to what can feel like aphorisms of perseverance in the face of modern anomie. This is not to say all is bad—there are a solid handful of moving narrative poems, and a nice rendering of "Babii Yar," perhaps Yevtushenko's most famous I love George Reavey's translations of Russian in general, but the poems selected here are a little flat compared to say those chosen in Selected Poems—Yevtushenko shines most in the Symbolistic mode, and many of the poems here are more in the faux-quotidian resolving to what can feel like aphorisms of perseverance in the face of modern anomie. This is not to say all is bad—there are a solid handful of moving narrative poems, and a nice rendering of "Babii Yar," perhaps Yevtushenko's most famous poem (though I wouldn't say his best). Here's my favorite from the collection: WHEN I THINK OF ALEXANDER BLOK When I think of Alexander Blok, and grow nostalgic for him, I then remember—not some line of his verse, but a bridge, a carriage, and the Neva. And above the voices in the night a rider's figure is clearly etched— the rings under his startling eyes, and the outline of a black frockcoat. Lights and shadows fly to meet him, and stars in splinters fall on the roadways, and the waxen fingers of his clasped hands show something higher than dismay. As in some very enigmatic prologue, whose deep meaning is not clear, a mist envelops the rattling carriage, the cobblestones, the clouds, and Blok . . . 1957

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Even if the only poem in this book were "Babii Yar" it would still be worth having -- forever -- on my bookshelf. Love having it in English and Russian. Even if the only poem in this book were "Babii Yar" it would still be worth having -- forever -- on my bookshelf. Love having it in English and Russian.

  3. 4 out of 5

    AL

    One of my favorite modern Russian poets discovered in my rudimentary explorations years back. More traditional in form, but the imagery of the Russian mind comes through effectively to me in his verse. Nothing satisfies me more than the creative gifts of drunken annoyance spoken with a morose bravado.

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