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From A Winter Notebook

Poetry Matvei Yankelevich

It is winter because it is winter. Because
the snow smells of gasoline. Because of
exhaust and exhaustion. Because I want
to paint and be free. Because I’ve made
it this far, because I’m ready for it, it is
winter. It is winter because it took me
a year to sculpt this sentence. Because
it’s  [...]

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Issue 25



Winter 2017


Matvei Yankelevich’s most recent book is the long poem Some Words for Dr. Vogt (Black Square). His translations include Today I wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook) and, with Eugene Ostashevsky, Alexander Vvedensky’s An invitation for Me to Think (NYRB Poets), which received a National Translation award.


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