Wayne Pernu. Yeats in Gales Creek. Translated by Alexander Markov

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Wayne Pernu. Yeats in Gales Creek. Translated by Alexander Markov


In spite of the years which hold us apart

(a fathomless labyrinth hope can’t renew)

a line you wrote still cuts to the heart.

This world covets what it most despises,

finding veracity in what is least true.

The vast constellations are fixed in the heavens

for pseudo-astrologers to misconstrue;

time lags while the same moon rises

Homer and Dante knew.

~ ~ ~


Смятенье чувств с годами нарастает,

Мы не дойдём до середины мненья,

И только строки сердца достигают,

Скорейшее найдя нам примененье.

Созвездий расточительны разломы,

Догадки наши безнадежно плохи,

Но Данте и Гомер вершат подъемы,

Сплетая нами прожитые сроки.


Russian translation by Alexander Markov

About the Author:

Wayne Pernu on EastWest Literary Forum
Wayne Pernu
Portland, OR, US

Wayne Pernu is an American poet who grew up in Minnesota and now lives in Portland, Oregon.

About the Translator:

Alexander Markov
Alexander Markov
Moscow, Russia

Alexander Markov is a philologist, culturologist, professor of cinema and contemporary art at the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow).

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