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Two Poems

Focus Sergey Gandlevsky
Translated by Philip Metres


Either/or.  Both/and doesn’t happen.
And, when he puts on his pants,
Heats up the coffee, smokes on the go,
Takes a pill, checks and rechecks
For his key, his wallet, and the stove,
And opens the door to the stairs—
The old horseradish, he already longs
For nothing, I mean, this strangeness.


To fish around for some coins in the hole of a pocket
Blind from the brilliance of sunset
And having fished it out, to throw a couple coppers
Into the box at a musician’s feet.
And head off through the square bathed in twilight
In some place, like Prague or Poland.
The pounding of a heart, your head on straight—
What more could you want?
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Sergey Gandlevsky has published four books of poetry, a memoir, a book of essays, and a novel. An English translation of A Kindred Orphanhood, his selected poems, is available from Zephyr Press.​


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