Bogdana Carpenter is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Michigan. (April 2006)

IN THE REVIEW

Mr. Cogito. Ars Longa

1 Bombastic manifestoes civil warfare pitched battles campaigns filled Mr. Cogito with boredom in every generation appear those who wish to snatch poetry from the claws of everydayness with stubbornness worthy of a better cause …

Three Poems

A NATIVE DEVIL 1 He came from the West, at the beginning of the tenth century. At first he was brimming with energy and ideas. The clatter of his hooves could be heard everywhere, the air smelled of brimstone. This virginal country, closer to hell than heaven, seemed to be …

Two Poems by Zbigniew Herbert

AN ANSWER This will be a night in deep snow which has the power to muffle steps in deep shadow transforming bodies to two puddles of darkness we lie holding our breath and even the slightest whisper of thought if we are not …

Transformations of Livy

How did they understand Livy my grandfather my great grandfather certainly they read him in high school at the not very propitious time of the year when a chestnut stands in the window—fervent candelabras of blooms— all the thoughts of grandfather and great grandfather running …