Archive for September, 2008

Berggolts Revisited

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 28, 2008 by mikhailych

Hi all, my previously posted translation of “My Home” has made its way to http://calquezine.blogspot.com/
Thank you to the folks at Calque for publishing it!

Calque is a great place for poetry in translation in general and I encourage all of you to check them out.

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January 27th, 1944

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 24, 2008 by mikhailych


January 27th, 1944

And in the starless January night,
Itself amazed at its unprecedented destiny,
Delivered from Death’s abyss,
Leningrad toasts itself.

1944

-Anna Akhmatova (Translated by me)

The Amanda McQuade photo shoot…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 11, 2008 by mikhailych

From Dima Otvertchenko of Twowatches.com, the LA subway photo shoot featuring me in the background as a generic, white, nerdy commuter:
http://twowatches.com/photo_amanda.html

In Memoriam

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 10, 2008 by mikhailych

This entire evening I will,
While suffocating on cigarette smoke,
Be tortured by thoughts of certain people,
Who perished very young,
Who either at sunrise or in the night,
Suddenly and inappropriately,
Died. Leaving unsteady verses unfinished,
Love unfulfilled,
         Stories untold,
                 Endeavors undone…

1939

-Boris Smolensky (Translated by me)

…and much like Pushkin….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 6, 2008 by mikhailych

as the days grow shorter, and Autumn approaches, my mind turns to the old lycee…

Drunina

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 1, 2008 by mikhailych


We kissed,
Cried,
And sang.
We rushed with bayonets.
And in the middle of the charge,
The girl in the rag-tag overcoat,
Fell, and clutched the snow.

Mama!
Mama!
I reached our objective!
Yet, along the banks of the Volga, on the steppe,
The girl in the rag-tag overcoat,
Fell, and clutched the snow.

-Iuliia Drunina (Translated by me)