Sergey Plotov. Translated by Dmitri Manin

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Sergey Plotov. Translated by Dmitri Manin

Is it in our genome

That something always goes wrong?

We were building the Third Rome –

We built a Second Pyongyang.

We moved forward and never strayed,

We were proudly standing guard.

We were marching to a parade

But ended up at a graveyard.

We’re scratching our heads – oh well,

That’s the fate into which we were born…

And what about Gabriel?

He’s gonna blow his horn.

The Original
Что-то не то творим –

В схеме, видать, изъян.

Строили Третий Рим –

Вышел второй Пхеньян.

Дружно смыкали ряд.

Высились в полный рост.

Двигались на парад –

Прибыли на погост.

Морщим теперь чело.

Думаем: не судьба…

А Гавриил чего?

Дело его – труба.


About the Author:

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Sergey Plotov
Omsk / Moscow, Russia

Born on May 25, 1961, in Omsk. Studied acting, worked in theaters in Khabarovsk and Chelyabinsk. In 2005, Sergey moved to Moscow. He is well known as a scriptwriter and playwright. His plays are produced in Moscow’s leading theaters. He has been writing poetry since the age of 15.

About the Translator:

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Dmitri Manin
California, USA

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 a poem by Stepanova won the Compass Award competition.

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