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Landscape without Song [by Federico Garcia Lorca; trans. Philip Nikolayev]


Blue sky
yellow field.

Blue mountain
yellow field.

Across the empty plain
an olive tree goes walking.

A single
olive tree.

Paisaje sin canción

Cielo azul
campo amarillo.

Monte azul
campo amarillo.

Por la llanura desierta
va caminando un olivo.

Un solo

Philip Nikolayev

Philip Nikolayev, born in 1966, is a poet living in Boston. He grew up in Moldova in the former USSR. A polyglot, he translates poetry from several languages. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees from Harvard and a PhD from Boston University, where he defended his thesis on Samuel Beckett under the advisorship of Christipher Ricks. Nikolayev’s poetic works are published internationally, including such periodicals Poetry, The Paris Review, Harvard Review, and Grand Street. He is the author of several collections of verse, including Monkey Time (Wave Books; winner of the 2001 Verse Prize) and Letters from Aldenderry (Salt), and coeditor-in-chief of Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics. His volume of Pushkin translations, The Star of Dazzling Ecstasy, was published by Tiptop Street in 2021. He has lately been translating Ukrainian War Poetry.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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