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War, war! Incense at the icon cases…


War, war! Incense at the icon cases,
jangling of spurs.
But what to me are emperors’ calculations,
nations in strife?

I’m a small dancer on a rope which they
tell me is frayed.
Shadow of someone’s shadow. Lunatic
of two dark moons.


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About the translation:
Poet:
Marina Tsvetaeva
Translator:
Christopher Whyte
Original language:
Russian
Issue:
2014 Number 3 - The Singing of the Scythe

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Original poet

Marina Tsvetaeva

Marina Tsvetaeva was born in 1892. One of the greatest Russian twentieth-century poets, her life was both intensely difficult...

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Translator

Christopher Whyte

CHRISTOPHER WHYTE translates poetry from Italian, Hungarian, German and Russian. He has published five poetry collections in S...

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