IN THE REVIEW

An Appeal

To our Governments and to the Secretary-General of the United Nations The world must take action to bring the war in former Yugoslavia to an end. Two and a half million people have been driven from their homes in a program of “ethnic cleansing.” Thousands of civilians have been massacred.

Instruction

AUTHOR’S NOTE: “Instruction” was written in 1986 to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Hungarian uprising. The anniversary coincided with the sixty-ninth anniversary of the October Revolution in Russia, which explains a certain laziness on the part of the border-guards and the secret police. The poem is set at the …

The Game of the Soviet Censor

A Soviet biologist once wrote a monograph entitled Colonial Polyps. He brought it to a publishing house and soon afterward received a letter back from the editor saying: “Your monograph is undoubtedly of great scientific value; however, the title does not quite hold up ideologically. In the last several decades, …

Two Poems by Tomas Venclova

NIGHT DESCENDED ON US WITH A CHILL For Marina Kedrova Night descended on us with a chill. The low-roofed and soot-blackened archways Looked onto ten stations as well As ten parks, or more, sunk in November— That settlement, circle, or zone Where on the blind …