DPF / Shvarts

For Bird Week. Maybe not the raven you were expecting. This one’s from Contemporary Russian Poetry, edited by Gerald S. Smith, 1993.

from The Raven / by Elena Shvarts, trans. by Gerald S. Smith

An old Raven asked for my heart
To take away to its baby ravens

DPF / Derieva

And, God reminds me of angels. Found this one in the current APR, Jan/Feb 2014, Vol 43/No1.

from False Shame / by Regina Derieva trans. by Frederick Smock

The angels do not have
human conventions:
they knock on a door
while it is open;
they knock on a heart
while it is open