Τετάρτη, 26 Νοεμβρίου 2014

Osip Mandelstam: Mandelstam Street - poem



Mandelstam Street

What street is this?
Mandelstam Street.
What a devilish name!—
No matter which way you twist it,
It always sounds crooked, not straight.
He wasn’t very linear,
His manners weren’t lily-pure,
And that’s why this street,
Or, more precisely, this pit—
Goes by the name
Of that Mandelstam.

       (Osip Mandelstam, 1935)

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