Those who are asleep in the earth

By Vera Pavlova Vera Pavlova

Translated By Steven Seymour

Those who are asleep in the earth
have an avian sense of the way.
Gone, they sleep with shoes on,
ready to rise and go
to the pink, dispensable,
barefooted insomniacs
who had laced up for them  
the last pair of shoes.

Source: Poetry (January 2010).


This poem originally appeared in the January 2010 issue of Poetry magazine

January 2010
 Vera  Pavlova


Vera Pavlova was born in Moscow. She graduated from the Gnessin Academy, specializing in the history of music, and is the author of fourteen collections of poetry, four opera librettos, and lyrics to two cantatas. Her works have been translated into eighteen languages. The poems in this issue are from her first collection in English, If There Is Something to Desire, published this month by Alfred A. Knopf.

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SUBJECT Living, Death

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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