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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
Paperback, 560 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published April 1st 2000)
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Miriam Oster
Jan 01, 2009 Miriam Oster rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 11, 2011 tallulla rated it it was amazing
"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
Sep 19, 2008 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
I don't know what to make of you, Brodsky. Ilike knowing that you lived in Ann Arbor.
Mar 12, 2008 Julie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Julie by: Lit group
I only read selections but my oh my. Poetry that makes you think.
Dec 01, 2012 Sammy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, poetry
One of my few true poetic ideals. Astounding, inimitable, hilarious, gutting.
Jul 05, 2015 Jacqueline rated it it was ok
Не си допаднахме с Бродский, но на места имаше интересни попадения.

Вопли чаек.
Плеск разбивающихся волн.
Маяк, чья башня привлекает взор
скорей фотографа, чем морехода.
На древнем камне я стою один,
печаль моя не оскверняет древность -
усугубляет. Видимо, земля
воистину кругла, раз ты приходишь
туда, где нету ничего, помимо


Квадрат окна. В горшках - желтофиоль.
Снежинки, проносящиеся мимо...
Остановись, мгновенье! Ты не столь
прекрасно, сколько ты неповторимо.

("Зимним вечером
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
Jul 03, 2008 Meen rated it it was ok
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
Jun 20, 2012 Ci marked it as to-read
I have had this book for several years now. Up till recently, I feel inadequately prepared to read Brodsky. Now I am making an attempt. The following are reading notes, full summary till finishing the first read. Even with persistence, this is going to be a long haul across nearly 600 pages. (8/12)

8/12 "Homage to Yalta", written in 1969. A sequences of one-sided conversations around a murder. The voices are several people without much demarcation from which-to-which. People have been analyzing t
Agent X
Feb 10, 2011 Agent X rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, adult
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.
Nov 10, 2007 Brandon rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Oct 28, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing
any chance to download it from the web? a link would be very much appreciated!
Dec 31, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing
Lyrical, elegiac, and stunning.
Jul 18, 2014 Auguste rated it it was amazing
"Here's Venus; no one between us."

I can't get this couplet out of my head; it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever read.

What a dark genius Brodsky was.
Mar 09, 2011 Kristin rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 10, 2013 Armando rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Brodsky was a versatile writer and as you read this collection, think of the many styles that he was versed in!
Petya Tsekova
Aug 08, 2015 Petya Tsekova rated it it was amazing
It's like reading magic that has a limitless influence over all the senses. What e genuis, what a beautiful poetry.
Aug 22, 2007 Phillip rated it it was amazing
Fantastic poems - full of life, insight, and remarkable observations.
Dr. Barrett  Dylan Brown, Phd
Wish I could find a book of Brodsky poem translated by Brodsky himself; I know there are some out there somewhere!
David Mathews
Sep 20, 2012 David Mathews rated it really liked it
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
Feb 01, 2010 Taylor added it
Shelves: left-unfinished
I am most definitely enjoying this book. My first foray into Brodsky.
Jan 29, 2010 James rated it liked it
An impressive body of work, especially style-wise.
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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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O when so much has been and gone
behind you—grief, to say the least—
expect no help from anyone.
Board a train, get to the coast.
It’s wider and it’s deeper. This
superiority’s not a thing
of joy especially. Mind you, if
one has to feel as orphans do,
better in places where the view
stirs somehow and cannot sting.”
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