The Poems of Joseph Brodsky

One demands two things of a poem. Firstly, it must be a well-made verbal object that does honor to the language in which it is written. Secondly, it must say something significant about a reality common to us all, but perceived from a unique perspective. What the poet says has …

Three Poems

ALBERT FROLOV[^1] Albert Frolov loved silence as a boy. His mother was a postal clerk, whose portion was rubber stamps. As for Albert’s old man, he died to save the Finn’s autonomy,[^2] having secured timely perpetuation of the family name, but not knowing his …