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Vera Pavlova - If There is Something to Desire | 18-Jul-11

If there is something to desire : one hundred poems / PAVLOVA, VERA. -- New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.

What first struck me about this book was its cover, designed by Peter Mendelsund with lettering by Leanne Shapton.  It is the complete text of one of Vera Pavlova's poems "If There is Something to Desire" from which the book takes its title, and sums up the poems that are contained within; short, emotive and unafraid.  Her main themes are love, sex and sleeping (or lack of it).  Here's Pavlova on motherhood:

"I walk the tightrope.
A kid on each arm
for balance."

Vera Pavlova was born in Moscow in 1963 and is one of Russia's bestselling poets.  An interview with her from Modern Poetry in Translation is available to read here on our Poetry Magazines site:

This is her first full-length volume in English and it has been translated from the Russian by her husband, Steven Seymour, so I would imagine it's as close to Pavlova's voice as you could ever hope to get.

Other recent additions to the Poetry Library collection by Russian poets include:

This lamentable city / BARSKOVA, POLINA ; Kaminsky, Ilya (introduction). -- North Adams, Massachusetts : Tupelo Press, 2010. (Book) Adult collection

The Russian version / FANAILOVA, ELENA ; Skidan, Aleksandr (introduction). -- New York : Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009. (Book) Adult collection

Capering moons / KUDRYAVITSKY, ANATOLY. -- Tralee, Co. Kerry : Doghouse, 2011. (Book) Adult collection
Art in the light of conscience : eight essays on poetry / TSVETAEVA, MARINA ; Livingstone, Angela (itroduction). -- Tarset : Bloodaxe Books, 2010. (Book) Poets on poetry

Contemporary Russian poetry an anthology / Bunimovich, Evgeny (introduction) ; Kates, J. (translation note). -- [Normal, Illinois] : Dalkey Archive Press, 2008. (Book) Adult anthology

Lorraine Mariner, Cataloguer, The Poetry Library

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