Joseph Brodsky
A List Of Some Observation… by Joseph Brodsky

A List Of Some Observation… by Joseph Brodsky

A list of some observation. In a corner, it's warm. A glance leaves an imprint on anything it's dwelt on. Water is glass's most public form. Man is more ...

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1 January 1965 by Joseph Brodsky

1 January 1965 by Joseph Brodsky

The Wise Men will unlearn your name.Above your head no star will flame.One weary sound will be the same—the hoarse roar of the gale.The shadows fall from your tired eyesas your ...

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A Song by Joseph Brodsky

A Song by Joseph Brodsky

I wish you were here, dear,I wish you were here. I wish you sat on the sofa and I sat near. The handkerchief could be yours, the tear could be mine, chin-bound. Though it could ...

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Odysseus To Telemachus by Joseph Brodsky

Odysseus To Telemachus by Joseph Brodsky

My dear Telemachus, The Trojan War is over now; I don't recall who won it. The Greeks, no doubt, for only they would leaveso many dead so far from their own homeland. But still, ...

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Love by Joseph Brodsky

Love by Joseph Brodsky

Twice I awoke this night, and went to the window. The streetlamps were a fragment of a sentence spoken in sleep, leading to nothing, like omission points, affording me no comfort ...

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A Polar Explorer by Joseph Brodsky

A Polar Explorer by Joseph Brodsky

All the huskies are eaten. There is no space left in the diary, And the beads of quick words scatter over his spouse's sepia-shaded face adding the date in question like a mole to ...

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Tornfallet by Joseph Brodsky

Tornfallet by Joseph Brodsky

There is a meadow in Sweden where I lie smitten, eyes stained with clouds' white ins and outs. And about that meadow roams my widow plaiting a clover wreath for her lover. I took ...

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Seven Strophes by Joseph Brodsky

Seven Strophes by Joseph Brodsky

I was but what you'd brush with your palm, what your leaning brow would hunch to in evening's raven-black hush. I was but what your gaze in that dark could distinguish: a dim ...

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A List Of Some Observation… by Joseph Brodsky

A List Of Some Observation… by Joseph Brodsky

A list of some observation. In a corner, it's warm. A glance leaves an imprint on anything it's dwelt on. Water is glass's most public form. Man is more ...

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Part Of Speech by Joseph Brodsky

Part Of Speech by Joseph Brodsky

...and when "the future" is uttered, swarms of micerush out of the Russian language and gnaw a pieceof ripened memory which is twice as hole-ridden as real cheese.After all these ...

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Elegy by Joseph Brodsky

Elegy by Joseph Brodsky

About a year has passed. I've returned to the place of the battle,to its birds that have learned their unfolding of wings from a subtlelift of a surprised eyebrow, or perhaps from ...

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I Sit By The Window by Joseph Brodsky

I Sit By The Window by Joseph Brodsky

I said fate plays a game without a score,and who needs fish if you've got caviar?The triumph of the Gothic style would come to passand turn you on--no need for coke, or grass.I ...

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Belfast Tune by Joseph Brodsky

Belfast Tune by Joseph Brodsky

Here's a girl from a dangerous town She crops her dark hair short so that less of her has to frown when someone gets hurt. She folds her ...

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Dutch Mistress by Joseph Brodsky

Dutch Mistress by Joseph Brodsky

A hotel in whose ledgers departures are more prominent than arrivals.With wet Koh-i-noors the October rainstrokes what's left of the naked brain.In this country laid flat for the ...

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May 24, 1980 by Joseph Brodsky

May 24, 1980 by Joseph Brodsky

I have braved, for want of wild beasts, steel cages,carved my term and nickname on bunks and rafters,lived by the sea, flashed aces in an oasis,dined with the-devil-knows-whom, in ...

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Daedalus In Sicily by Joseph Brodsky

Daedalus In Sicily by Joseph Brodsky

All his life he was building something, inventing something.Now, for a Cretan queen, an artificial heifer,so as to cuckold the king. Then a labyrinth, the time forthe king ...

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From A School Anthology by Joseph Brodsky

From A School Anthology by Joseph Brodsky

1. E. LarionovaE. Larionova. Brunette. A colonel's and a typist's daughter. Looked at you like someone studying a clockface. She tried to help her fellow mortals. One day when we ...

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On The 100th Anniversary Of Anna Akhmatova by Joseph Brodsky

On The 100th Anniversary Of Anna Akhmatova by Joseph Brodsky

The fire and the page, the hewed hairs and the swords, The grains and the millstone, the whispers and the clatter -- God saves all that -- especially the words Of love and pity, ...

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Moscow Carol by Joseph Brodsky

Moscow Carol by Joseph Brodsky

In such an inexplicable blue, Upon the stonework to embark, The little ship of glowing hue Appears in Alexander Park. The little lamp, a yellow rose, Arising -- ready to retreat ...

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Bosnia Tune by Joseph Brodsky

Bosnia Tune by Joseph Brodsky

As you pour yourself a scotchCrush a roach or check your watchAs your hands adjust your tie people dieIn the towns with funny namesHit by bullets, caught in flamesBy and large not ...

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To Urania by Joseph Brodsky

To Urania by Joseph Brodsky

Everything has its limit, including sorrow.A windowpane stalls a stare. Nor does a grill abandona leaf. One may rattle the keys, gurgle down a swallow.Loneliness cubes a man at ...

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Stone Villages by Joseph Brodsky

Stone Villages by Joseph Brodsky

The stone-built villages of England. A cathedral bottled in a pub window. Cows dispersed across fields. Monuments to kings. A man in a moth-eaten suit sees a train off, heading, ...

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Galatea Encore by Joseph Brodsky

Galatea Encore by Joseph Brodsky

As though the mercury's under its tongue, it won't talk. As though with the mercury in its sphincter, immobile, by a leaf-coated pond a statue stands white like a blight of ...

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Letters To The Roman Friend by Joseph Brodsky

Letters To The Roman Friend by Joseph Brodsky

From MartialNow is windy and the waves are cresting over Fall is soon to come to change the place entirely. Change of colors moves me, Postum, even stronger Than a girlfriend ...

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Letter To An Archaeologist by Joseph Brodsky

Letter To An Archaeologist by Joseph Brodsky

Citizen, enemy, mama's boy, sucker, uttergarbage, panhandler, swine, refujew, verrucht;a scalp so often scalded with boiling waterthat the puny brain feels completely cooked.Yes, ...

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I Threw My Arms About Those Shoulders by Joseph Brodsky

I Threw My Arms About Those Shoulders by Joseph Brodsky

M.B. I threw my arms about those shoulders, glancing at what emerged behind that back, and saw a chair pushed slightly forward, merging now with the ...

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Seaward by Joseph Brodsky

Seaward by Joseph Brodsky

Darling, you think it's love, it's just a midnight journey. Best are the dales and rivers removed by force, as from the next compartment throttles "Oh, stop it, Bernie," yet the ...

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Folk Tune by Joseph Brodsky

Folk Tune by Joseph Brodsky

It's not that the Muse feels like clamming up,it's more like high time for the lad's last nap.And the scarf-waving lass who wished him the bestdrives a steamroller across his ...

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1 January 1965 by Joseph Brodsky

1 January 1965 by Joseph Brodsky

The Wise Men will unlearn your name.Above your head no star will flame.One weary sound will be the same—the hoarse roar of the gale.The shadows fall from your tired eyesas your ...

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Tsushima Screen by Joseph Brodsky

Tsushima Screen by Joseph Brodsky

The perilous yellow sun follows with its slant eyesmasts of the shuddered grove steaming up to capsizein the frozen straits of Epiphany. February has fewerdays than the other ...

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