Falling raindrops leave no visible traces,
not on the glass of my window, not on the temple wall,
but once in a while water goes mad and races
to wash away bridges, flood the market and city hall.
For thousands of years down to the sea the river
of time rolls on, never to be the same,
but the temple of Artemis has been attached forever
as if with a knot in our memory to Herostratos’ name.
A muddy stream rushed from the northern ranges
Down to the south, inundating the sleeping Ukraine.
Mother, wake up! even the dead are in danger:
bombs rain down and tear to pieces your graveyard plain.
Again Herostratos, malice convulsing his face,
curses the temple and spitefully strikes the flint.
A drop of rain decided to leave a trace
and slid down the glass as a drip with a bloody tint.
Капля дождя не оставляет следа
ни на моём окне, ни на стене собора,
но иногда сходит с ума вода –
сносит с пути мосты и заливает город
Тысячи лет катится к морю река
времени – для неё в прошлое нет возврата,
но храм Артемиды в памяти на века
связан морским узлом с именем Герострата.
Мутный поток с северной кручи на юг
ринулся, затопив спящую Украину.
Мама, проснись – умершим тоже каюк,
бомбы крушат твою кладбищенскую долину.
Вновь Герострат, злобою перегрет,
храм обругал и мстительно чиркнул спичкой.
Капля дождя решила оставить след
и по стеклу кровавой стекла водичкой.
Poet, prose writer, essayist, and president of “The Emigré Lyre” [Rus.”Эмигрантская лира”/”Emigrantskaya lira”] association. Founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine with the same name. He has lived in Belgium since 2000.
Dmitri Manin is a physicist, programmer, and translator of poetry. His translations from English and French into Russian have appeared in several book collections. His latest work is a complete translation of Ted Hughes’ “Crow” (Jaromír Hladík Press, 2020) and Allen Ginsberg’s “The Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems” (Podpisnie Izdaniya, 2021). Dmitri’s Russian-to-English translations have been published in journals (Cardinal Points, Delos, The Café Review, Metamorphoses, etc) and in Maria Stepanova’s “The Voice Over” (CUP, 2021). In 2017, his translation of Stepanova’s poem won the Compass Award competition. “Columns,” his new book of translations of Nikolai Zabolotsky’s poems, was published by Arc Publications in 2023 (https://eastwestliteraryforum.com/books/nikolai-zabolotsky-columns-poems).
In this collection of 34 short stories, author Alexis Levitin, travel set in hand, takes the reader on a journey across several continents – and even into space – exploring the joys of chess and its effect on the lives of those who play.
A collection of essays and reviews by Art Beck. “These pieces are selected from a steady series of essays and reviews I found myself publishing in the late aughts of the still early century.”
A collection of early poems by Zabolotsky, translated into English by Dmitri Manin. “Dmitri Manin’s translations retain the freshness of Zabolotsky’s vision.” – Boris Dralyuk
A book of wartime poems by Alexandr Kabanov, one of Ukraine’s major poets, fighting for the independence of his country by means at his disposal – words and rhymes.
In this collection, Andrey Kneller has woven together his own poems with his translations of one of the most recognized and celebrated contemporary Russian poets, Vera Pavlova.