By Vera Pavlova,Steven Seymour
Vera Pavlova's If there's something to Desire extremely joyful the poetry international many years in the past. Her poems, not often longer than a couple of strains, thrill and puzzle us like Zen koans, contemplating concerns philosophical, romantic, sexual, familial, creative. Album for the younger (and Old), whose name poem takes its identify and notion from Tchaikovsky’s song, incorporates us via a lifestyles in miniatures, drawing from a wide-ranging crew of poems translated via the poet’s past due husband, Steven Seymour. right here Pavlova returns to her early life 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 gentle sufficient to hold with us.