Greatly admired by Nabokov, Khodasevich is one of the greatest Russian poets of the last century. And in the words of Professor G.S, Smith in the TLS, "Peter Daniels and Angel Books have given us an English Khodasevich worthy of his stature."
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Angela Kirby knows how to tell a story. She writes about a variety of themes, often with great wit and grace. The most moving of all her poems, though, is "How it is" a short, very simple poem about the death of a young soldier in Afghanistan. Here she is (almost) unable to find words for what is (almost) beyond her understanding. The poem ends:
Dear God, there seems
so little now to show for it all
nothing but a rolled-up flag
a scatter of flags, a bugle call
this shock of fresh-dug earth.
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This is a remarkable book. Every word has been thought through and felt through. As with Hinsey's later Update on the Descent, I often felt as if I were reading some ancient sacred text. The only way to substantiate such claims is through quotation. So here are a few extracts from one of the finest poems, "Commentary: on the 13 Rungs of Sorrow".
You wake to day's knowledge as Noah to the flood.
There is no trial; but suddenly unworthy, you beg for forgiveness. None is forthcoming.
The Plea of Innocence:
You seek out your own shadow; in desperation run after what you once were - after a grace of unknowing. [...]… Read more