(1934-2009)
———Translated by Ainsley Morse and Bela Shayevich 



To Roginsky

My
friend


How can January
be tram


March
is tram


So long tram
and hello
trolley


elevator
trolley


or asphalt
and trolley


and television

Elevator

asphalt

trolley


and television

there you go 

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Well
kind of


thank God

a lea
water aplenty


and the white heads of Vologda

kind of like
there there they are
you
the white heads of Vologda


head
in the water


head
in the sky


foot in shit

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pines 


and over the pines
starnes


and birches

and behind the birches
stirches




what’s over there           what’s over here
emptiness

                                            this
null                        knoll


but what’s over there
but what’s over there


over there

in any event
there's something
over there too


#

THE LETTER T

What’s on the building?
The letter
T


What’s in the building?
Tele vision


It shows
Theater
A play
A turret-tower
Who lives in the tower?


Who lives in the tower
Who lives in the tower


Whoever lives in the tower

Lives in the tower

That’s life

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GOOD WEATHER
for Kholin


Windows all agape
And
flowers like a-gas
And people like a-gasp


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AH POEM
Ha haha haha haha
Ah ahah ahah ahah


But ah ahah ahahahah
Ha haha hahahaha


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“So where is it all?”
“In Moscow.”
“And where’s Moscow?”
“On the moon.”

“And the moon?”
“There is no

Moon.”

Waves
Well then
Stern skyward
Waves
You hear a wave move
In from shore by day
From who knows where at night 


 



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