Wayne Pernu. Yeats in Gales Creek
moon for Wayne
Wayne Pernu. Yeats in Gales Creek

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).

Wayne Pernu Уэйн Перну
by Osip Mandelstam

This collection, compiled, translated, and edited by poet and scholar Ian Probstein, provides Anglophone audiences with a powerful selection of Mandelstam’s most beloved and haunting poems.

by Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

Four teenagers grow inseparable in the last days of the Soviet Union—but not all of them will live to see the new world arrive in this powerful debut novel, loosely based on Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.


by Mark Budman

Every character in these twenty-two interlinked stories is an immigrant from a place real or imaginary. (Magic realism/immigrant fiction.)

by Victor Enyutin

A book of poems in Russian by Victor Enyutin (San Francisco, 1983). Victor  Enyutin is a Russian writer, poet, and sociologist who emigrated to the US from the Soviet Union in 1975.

by Nina Kossman

A collection of poems in Russian. Published by Khudozhestvennaya literatura (Художественная литература). Moscow, 1990.

by Anna Krushelnitskaya

This collection of personal essays by a bi-national Russian/U.S. author offers glimpses into many things Soviet and post-Soviet: the sacred, the profane, the mundane, the little-discussed and the often-overlooked. What was a Soviet school dance like? Did communists go to church? Did communists listen to Donna Summer? If you want to find out, read on!

Three Questions. A Documentary by Vita Shtivelman
Play Video
Poetry Reading in Honor of Brodsky’s 81st Birthday
Length: 1:35:40