Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Christmas poem, by Joseph Brodsky, translated by Derek Walcott

    …………………………………………………………To Elisabeth Leonskaya The air—fierce frost and pine-boughs. We’ll cram ourselves in thick clothes, stumbling in drifts till we’re weary— better a reindeer than a dromedary. In the North if faith does not fail God appears as the warden of a jail where the kicks in our ribs were rough but what you […]

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Dickens and love, Sigrid Nunez in the new Little Star

I remember playing Estella in a school performance based on scenes from Great Expectations. Remember how, despite how she mistreats him, Pip goes on loving her—always. Remember the teacher-writer-director and what an oddball she was (one of those teachers children find it almost a duty to torment), and how one of the oddest things about […]

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