Multiplying in a column M by F

By Vera Pavlova Vera Pavlova

Translated By Steven Seymour

Multiplying in a column M by F
do we get one or two as a result?
May the body stay glued to the soul,
may the soul fear the body.
Do I ask too much? I only wish  
the crucible of tenderness would melt
memories, and I would sleep, my cheek
pressed against your back, as on a motorbike . . .

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 Relationships, Love

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