Thank you to Elizabeth Steinglass for hosting this week.
The Complete Poems Of Anna Akhmatova (Amazon | Book Depository)
Translated by: Judith Hemschemeyer Edited and Introduced by Roberta Reeder
Published by Zephyr Press (2000)
ISBN: 0939010275 (ISBN13: 9780939010271). Book was gifted to me. Book photos taken by me and edited using an iPhone app.
I learned about the Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova through another poetry collection that I own: A Book of Women Poets From Antiquity to Now: Selections from the World Over edited by Aliki Barnstone and Willis Barnstone (Amazon | Book Depository):
And so for my birthday last March, my husband got me the definitive collection of Akhmatova’s poetry. It is a chunkster, and a product of more than a decade of work by the translator who has committed her life’s work to Akhmatova. Some of the poems are somewhat obscure, and will require historical and personal context for deeper understanding and appreciation – a few have even been censored in Russia.
However, I did find a few that I thought would be great to share with you all for Poetry Friday. Both poems reflect longing, grief, and the inevitability of parting: bleak but true.