Joseph Brodsky Poems
Letters To The Roman Friend From Martial
Now is windy and the waves are cresting over
Fall is soon to come to change the place entirely.
Bosnia Tune As you pour yourself a scotch
Crush a roach or check your watch
As your hands adjust your tie people die
Törnfallet There is a meadow in Sweden
where I lie smitten,
eyes stained with clouds'
Seven Strophes I was but what you'd brush
with your palm, what your leaning
brow would hunch to in evening's
Stone Villages The stone-built villages of England.
A cathedral bottled in a pub window.
Cows dispersed across fields.
I Sit By The Window I said fate plays a game without a score,
and who needs fish if you've got caviar?
The triumph of the Gothic style would come to pass
Letter To An Archaeologist Citizen, enemy, mama's boy, sucker, utter
garbage, panhandler, swine, refujew, verrucht;
a scalp so often scalded with boiling water
Folk Tune It's not that the Muse feels like clamming up,
it's more like high time for the lad's last nap.
And the scarf-waving lass who wished him the best
From A School Anthology 1. E. Larionova
E. Larionova. Brunette. A colonel's
and a typist's daughter. Looked
On The 100th Anniversary Of Anna Akhmatova The fire and the page, the hewed hairs and the swords,
The grains and the millstone, the whispers and the clatter --
God saves all that -- especially the words
Tsushima Screen The perilous yellow sun follows with its slant eyes
masts of the shuddered grove steaming up to capsize
in the frozen straits of Epiphany. February has fewer
A List Of Some Observation... A list of some observation. In a corner, it's warm.
A glance leaves an imprint on anything it's dwelt on.
Water is glass's most public form.
Galatea Encore As though the mercury's under its tongue, it won't
talk. As though with the mercury in its sphincter,
immobile, by a leaf-coated pond
Dutch Mistress A hotel in whose ledgers departures are more prominent than arrivals.
With wet Koh-i-noors the October rain
strokes what's left of the naked brain.
A Song sat on the sofa
and I sat near. The handkerchief could be yours,
To Urania Everything has its limit, including sorrow.
A windowpane stalls a stare. Nor does a grill abandona leaf. One may rattle the keys, gurgle down a swallow.
Tornfallet There is a meadow in Sweden
Part Of Speech ...and when "the future" is uttered, swarms of mice
rush out of the Russian language and gnaw a pieceof ripened memory which is twice
Elegy About a year has passed. I've returned to the place of the battle,
to its birds that have learned their unfolding of wings from a subtle
Moscow Carol In such an inexplicable blue,
Upon the stonework to embark, The little ship of glowing hue
Seaward Darling, you think it's love, it's just a midnight journey.
Best are the dales and rivers removed by force, as from the next compartment throttles "Oh, stop it, Bernie,"
Love Twice I awoke this night, and went
to the window. The streetlamps were a fragment of a sentence spoken in sleep,
Belfast Tune Here's a girl from a dangerous town
She crops her dark hair short so that less of her has to frown
A Polar Explorer All the huskies are eaten. There is no space
left in the diary, And the beads of quick words scatter over his spouse's sepia-shaded face
Odysseus To Telemachus My dear Telemachus,
The Trojan War is over now; I don't recall who won it.
Daedalus In Sicily All his life he was building something, inventing something.
Now, for a Cretan queen, an artificial heifer,so as to cuckold the king. Then a labyrinth, the time for
May 24, 1980 I have braved, for want of wild beasts, steel cages,
carved my term and nickname on bunks and rafters,lived by the sea, flashed aces in an oasis,
I Threw My Arms About Those Shoulders M.B.
Total 28 poems written by Joseph Brodsky
Poem of the day
As Vanquish'D Erin by Thomas Moore
As vanquish'd Erin wept beside
The Boyne's ill-fated river,
She saw where Discord, in the tide,
Had dropp'd his loaded quiver.
"Lie hid," she cried, "ye venom'd darts,
Where mortal eye may shun you;
Lie hid -- the stain of manly hearts,
That bled for me, is on you."
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