After reading your new poem, Tambourine,I read up on Osip Mandelstam (on Wikipedia,of course!) finding resonances there forsome tidbits from your poem:goldfinch was one such;death by unspecified illness(lice? typhus?) was another.Another resonance was much more general ...the Wikipedia write-up quoted O.M. sayingsomething like "Where else but in the USSRis poetry SO respected that poets can getKILLED for what they write?" I'd like to read more about/by Mandelstam,and -- thanks to Wikipedia -- I know to lookfor the two memoir(?) volumes written by hiswife/widow. Probably a good starting place!And -- thanks to "Tambourine" -- I knowto ask YOU to recommend a "first" volumeof his poetry (in English translation, please!)as my "next step" in THAT direction ...please-and-thank-you!-- dhshPS: Using a link provided on the LiteraryImagination page, I found "other articlesby AShields" including this one ...sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/295/5552/102... which even has your middle initial "right"!
My poem was inspired by Ralph Dutli's German biography of Mandelstam, which is unfortunately not available in English.In fact, most of the Mandelstam I have read is in German, so I am at a loss to recommend English versions. I'll post a call for suggestions.
A powerful poem--thanks for posting the link (and for writing it!).It's a cool magazine, too--I think I'll ask my library to subscribe.Best,K
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