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Collected Poems in English

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The poems of the legendary Nobel Laureate, in one volume at last

One of the greatest and grandest advocates of the literary vocation, Joseph Brodsky truly lived his life as a poet, and for it earned eighteen months in an Arctic labor camp, expulsion from his native country, and the Nobel Prize in Literature. Such were one man's wages. Here, collected for the first time, ar
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Published April 1st 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published April 1st 2000)
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"Был черный небосвод светлей тех ног,
и слиться с темнотою он не мог..."

В тот вечер возле нашего огня
Увидели мы черного коня.

Не помню я чернее ничего.
Как уголь были ноги у него.
Он черен был как ночь, как пустота.
Он черен был от гривы до хвоста.
Но черной по-другому уж была
Спина его, не знавшая седла.
Недвижно он стоял. Казалось, спит
Пугала чернота его копыт.

Он черен был, не чувствовал теней.
Так черен, что не делался темней.
Так черен, как полуночная тьма
Так черен, как в
Oct 06, 2008 Meen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one. Go for a smaller collection.
Recommended to Meen by: A snippet of one of his poems on an unrelated Amazon review
Shelves: la-poesie
OK, to be fair, I probably would've have given any smaller collection of Brodsky at least three stars. This was a lesson learned: don't EVER try to read someone's entire collected poems all at once. UGH. This was like 500 pages, and anybody's voice after 500 pages starts to grate. OK, maybe not anybody. Maybe it was just Brodsky. Maybe, for one's emotional wellbeing, he just needs to be ingested in small doses like meds... I haven't been reading poetry (outside of what may have been assigned her ...more
Miriam Oster
I red Brodsky in english and in russian. I even know his best friend. His language is absolutly fantastik.

бродский замечательный писатель. его язык невераятен и безумно интересен. не всем удается понять его ритм, но тем кому довелось ощутить всю его силу всегда остаются счастлевы после вдоха стихов.
I don't know what to make of you, Brodsky. Ilike knowing that you lived in Ann Arbor.
One of my few true poetic ideals. Astounding, inimitable, hilarious, gutting.
Apr 24, 2008 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Julie by: Lit group
I only read selections but my oh my. Poetry that makes you think.
Diann Blakely

The seeds of National Poetry Month began to germinate when the former executive director of the Academy of American Poets, William Wadsworth, studied at Columbia University with the late Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, whose COLLECTED POEMS IN ENGLISH has been on many shelves since its 2000 publication; now a biography has appeared. While Brodsky defected from his native Russia and became a fan of many things American, our native suspicion—and even dislike—of poetry stunned him. Russia regularly
Lyrical, elegiac, and stunning.
Agent X
Don't usually read poems as I find novels and other text types more interesting but these were really good. Felt modern although the book isn't new and the poems were beautifully simple in their form, making them quite easy to understand but not dumbfounded in any way. Will perhaps read more of him in the future, if I feel a need for poems again.
Liam Guilar
Whatever his ability in Russian,whatever his justifiable status in world letters, in English these poems just don't live up to the claims that have been made for them. Stripped of Brodsky's name a lot of these poems would struggle to find readers or publishers.
I need quite a bit of time with this collection. This was my first exposure to Brodsky. I completely enjoyed it. But I wonder what his Russian poems are like. I wonder how much better he is in Russian.
Kristin Elizabeth
Brodsky is a masterful poet--I only give this collection four stars because I do not like the translation. Brodsky, however, is the translator, so...there you have it.
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Jul 19, 2010 Barrett Dylan Brown marked it as to-read
Wish I could find a book of Brodsky poem translated by Brodsky himself; I know there are some out there somewhere!
Brodsky was a versatile writer and as you read this collection, think of the many styles that he was versed in!
any chance to download it from the web? a link would be very much appreciated!
Fantastic poems - full of life, insight, and remarkable observations.
Sep 13, 2010 Taylor added it
Shelves: left-unfinished
I am most definitely enjoying this book. My first foray into Brodsky.
there are some wonderful poems on nostalgia and exile in here.
An impressive body of work, especially style-wise.
David Mathews
Top class. I wish i knew Russian.
Jan 09, 2010 Catharine is currently reading it
Favourite poem so far: "A Song to No Music" pg 29
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Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky (Russian: Иосиф Александрович Бродский, IPA: [ɪˈosʲɪf ˈbrotskʲɪj] was a Russian poet and essayist.

Born in Leningrad in 1940, Brodsky ran afoul of Soviet authorities and was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972, settling in America with the help of W. H. Auden and other supporters. He taught thereafter at universities including those at Yale, Cambridge and Michigan.

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