Blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2019  Vol. 18 No. 1
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translation from Russian by Rainie Oet

[Cigarette after cigarette]
To Vera Zvyagintseva
May 25, 1926

Cigarette after cigarette.
We assemble, we talk, we judge.
All evening, I appear red-haired
through the eyes of the smoke.

As my other self drifts through a wasteland . . .
That unutterable blue light!
Every leaf—trembling—
on the sorrowful aspens.

Heaven’s drowsy vaults step apart,
a bright beehive comes into view,—
“Oh my stepdaughters! Stepsons! . . .”
nature breathes.  

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