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Occasional and Joke Poems

Mandelstam, Osip, Noon, Alistair
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Shearsman Books
Published: April 15, 2022
ISBN: 9781848618367
106 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


Parallel to his more famous poems about the buildings of St. Petersburg, the shores of the Black Sea, and the streets of Voronezh, Mandelstam wrote many brief, spontaneous poems about his friends, enemies and everyday occurrences over his entire writing life. Though his poetic, political and personal trajectory was to be a lonely one, he in fact had a convivial and gregarious personality, of which these poems are a product.

This volume collects them in English for the first time, with an introduction and notes for context. It provides a fresh perspective on this poet whose sense of the past, the present and the future seems second to none.

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