Five Memorable Russian Poems Translated by Basil Lvoff

Today’s feature of Russian poetry is an outstanding selection of poems that not only endured through the centuries, but successfully capture and reflect their time, providing a glimpse into the Russian psyche. We’re very excited to share these new translations by Basil Lvoff who also provides context for each text in his notes on the translation process. From Rozhdestvensky’s famous minuscule man who goes to war to Balmont’s symbolism to Turgenev’s famous prose poem in praise of language to Tyutchev’s quatrain in praise of Russia and Fet’s revolutionary melodism, these are examples of poetry that, in Lvoff’s own words, “emerged when people wanted to make their innermost beliefs memorable and all-binding.” Not to be missed.

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

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5 Poems by Mikhail Eremin Translated and with an essay by Alex Cigale

Today’s guest post comes from the poet and translator Alex Cigale who shares with us five new translations of Mikhail Eremin’s poems and an insightful essay offering details about the author and his work. You can also watch a video of Mikhail Eremin reading one of his poems. Enjoy!

And remember, in September and beyond: read and share the translated poems you love using #NTM2017. Open your heart to new experiences and the beauty of the world, and celebrate its cultures and new voices. We hope our picks will become your new favorites. Let us know how you like them #NTM2017 #TranslationMonth‏ @TranslateMonth.

—Claudia Serea & Loren Kleinman

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Your Hair Will Smell of River Water: Four Poems by Xenia Emelyanova Translated from the Russian by Katherine E. Young

It is with great excitement that we bring you today four new poems by the acclaimed contemporary Russian poet Xenia Emelyanova in exquisite translations done by Katherine E. Young. They are musical, mysterious, and sensual—and we’re delighted to have discovered a new favorite poet. We hope you agree.

We’d love to hear from you! Please let us know how you like our posts, or attend, share, and spread the word about our readings. Open your heart to new experiences and the beauty of the world, and celebrate its cultures and new voices with us using #NTM2017. Happy National Translation Month!

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

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