В тонком сне под утро явился Борис Гребенщиков
И строго спросил: “Бухает ли Роман Перевощиков?”
Я растерялся и не знал, что сказать.
А БГ молвил, мол, что ж ты, суко? ты должен его опекать,
Незримо вести по жизни и не давать сильно бухать.
В глазах у Гребенщикова отражались всполохи неземного огня.
Я спросил его: “Борис Борисыч, а кто будет опекать меня?”
Захохотал Гребенщиков, заухал, как филин из ельника:
“А тебя будет опекать иголочка можжевельника!”
In the morning Boris Grebenshchikov appeared to me in a subtle dream
аnd asked sternly, “Does Roman Perevoshchikov drink?”
I was confused and didn’t know what to say.
And BG said, what’s wrong with you, bitch? you have to take care of him,
Guide him through life without being seen and not let him drink too much.
Grebenshchikov’s eyes reflected flashes of unearthly fire.
I asked him, “Boris Borisych, who will take care of me?”
Grebenshchikov burst out laughing, howling like an owl from a spruce forest:
“A juniper needle will take care of you!”
Translated from Russian by Nina Kossman
Vladimir Bogomyakov, a well-known poet and professor of philosophy, was born in 1955 in Leninsk-Kuznetsky. A winner of the Grigoriev prize, he lives in Tyumen, Siberia.
These English poems by Gari have the same energy and elegance as his Russian poems, and they are enriched by his multilayered, polyphonic use of the English language to express thoughts and feelings with sophistication and humor.
This new edition by Shearsman Press (UK) contains translations of Marina Tsvetaeva’s narrative poems (поэмы). They can be seen as markers of various stages in her poetic development, ranging from the early, folk-accented On a Red Steed to the lyrical-confessional Poem of the Mountain and Poem of the End to the more metaphysical later poems, An Attempt at a Room, Poem of the Mountain, a beautiful requiem for Rainer Maria Rilke, New Year’s Greetings, and Poem of the Air, a stirring celebration of Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight and the quest for the soul’s freedom. These translations were first published by Ardis in 1998 and reprinted by Overlook in 2004 and 2009. The current edtion was published by Shearsman Press (UK) in 2021.