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Brodsky, Joseph

· Voronezh Notebooks by Osip Mandelstam · Paul Bezembinder: In memoriam Joseph Brodsky

Voronezh Notebooks by Osip Mandelstam

Osip Mandelstam is one of the greatest of twentieth-century poets and Voronezh Notebooks, a sequence of poems composed between 1935 and 1937 when he was living in internal exile in the Soviet city of Voronezh, is his last and most exploratory work.

Meditating on death and survival, on power and poetry, on marriage, madness, friendship, and memory, challenging Stalin between lines that are full of the sights and sounds of the steppes, blue sky and black earth, the roads, winter breath, spring with its birds and flowers and bees, the notebooks are a continual improvisation and an unapologetic affirmation of poetry as life.

Russia’s greatest poet in this century. — Joseph Brodsky

Mandelstam was a tragic figure. Even while in exile in Voronej, he wrote works of untold beauty and power. And he had no poetic forerunners… In all of world poetry, I know of no other such case. We know the sources of Pushkin and Blok, but who will tell us from where that new, divine harmony, Mandelstam’s poetry, came from? — Anna Akhmatova

Voronezh Notebooks by Osip Mandelstam,
translated from the Russian and with an introduction by Andrew Davis
ISBN: 9781590179109
Pages: 128
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Series: NYRB Poets
The New York Review of Books
Paperback

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Paul Bezembinder: In memoriam Joseph Brodsky

 

In memoriam Joseph Brodsky

Dat het gevoel geïncarneerd te zijn
niet doorbreekt, Iosif, is niet werkelijk
jouw fout. Als abstractie en scholastiek
een uitweg bieden als het ongeluk
verstoppertje spelen wil met de pijn,
so be it. Velen worden geestesziek
nadat het ziektebeeld is vastgesteld.
‘Een parasiet.’ Er wordt niet bijverteld
wat verder de verwachtingen nog zijn.
Jij overleeft het, Joseph, gaat publiek,
wordt een socialite of sorts en laat
jouw duizelingwekkende acrobatiek
een stug verlangen naar de verte zijn.
En nu jij voorgoed vertrokken bent,
nou missen we jou en je vreselijke
enjambementen, jouw smartelijke
sjamanenstem, je gedichten, je pijn.

Paul Bezembinder

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