The more softly the word is pronouncedThe more ardent, the more miraculous.The less it dreams of becoming a songThat much nearer it draws to music.-from "Apollo in the Grass"For the Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, the poems of Aleksandr Kushner were essential: "Kushner is one of the best Russian lyric poets of the twentieth century, and his name is destined to rank with thoThe more softly the word is pronouncedThe more ardent, the more miraculous.The less it dreams of becoming a songThat much nearer it draws to music.-from "Apollo in the Grass"For the Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, the poems of Aleksandr Kushner were essential: "Kushner is one of the best Russian lyric poets of the twentieth century, and his name is destined to rank with those close to the heart of everyone whose mother tongue is Russian."Apollo in the Grass is the first collection in English translation of Kushner's post-Soviet poems, and also includes certain earlier ones that could not be published during the Soviet era.Kushner speaks to us from a place where the mythic and the historic coexist with the everyday, where Odysseus is one of us, and the "stern voice" of history can transform any public square into a harrowing schoolroom. This layering of times and events is also embodied in Kushner's distinctive poetic voice. Echoes of earlier Russian poets and styles enrich and complicate an idiom that is utterly natural and contemporary.Now, as in the Soviet era, Kushner's work is especially cherished for its exemplary stoic integrity. But these lyrical poems are also pieces of exquisite chamber music, songs where poetry dazzles but "greatness is . . . sooner scaled to the heart / Than to anything very enormous."...
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Apollo in the Grass: Selected Poems Reviews
Apollo in the Grass: Selected Poems is a slim anthology by renowned Russian poet Aleksandr Kushner. These poems span his long career, and are aptly divided into three different time frames. The book also includes some "bonus" material, such as a biographical introduction and extra notes on the poems themselves.Many of the poems contained great lines and images. . ."And for the first time death was not frightening.All of them were there, they'd made a home of it,They had filled it up with themselves,Its houses, flats, hallways, suites;There too I will not be a stranger,There too will be loved and made welcome." (page 75). . . but as a whole, the collection didn't particularly excite me or make an impression. Then again, it's a translation, so who knows what nuances might have gotten lost? Overall -- this is a good collection, but it's for a reader other than me.Three Stars: Not bad, but not fantastic either. I'll still recommend it, if I think that person might like it more than me.I received my copy of Apollo in the Grass: Selected Poems through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.
This book was featured in the Nota Benes section of the March/Apr 2016 issue of World Literature Today Magazine.http://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/2...
A couple of good poems. Collection as a whole didn't really engage me.
Very nice reading : Cover is nice ! Your readers will enjoy this book: I rate this a 5 Star: Be looking for other books you write: