My virtual friend and gifted photographer Marie Ancolie introduced me to charming world of Russian poet Vera Pavlova and suggested to share her work on Entropy…
If There is Something to Desire- is the first full collection of her poetry is published in English. The collection is translated by her husband Steven Seymour.
I broke your heart.
Now barefoot I tread
Such is the elegant simplicity —A whole poem in ten words, vibrating with image and emotion— All her poems have same salty immediacy, as if spoken by a woman who feels that, as the title poem concludes, “If there was nothing to regret, / there was nothing to desire.”
Pavlova’s economy and directness make her delightfully accessible to us in all of the widely ranging topics she covers here: love, both sexual and the love that reaches beyond sex; motherhood; the memories of childhood that continue to feed us; our lives as passionate souls abroad in the world and the fullness of experience that entails.
Pavlova’s poems are highly disciplined miniatures, exhorting us without hesitation: “Enough painkilling, heal. / Enough cajoling, command.”
Why is the word yes so brief?
It should be
so that you could not decide in an instant to say it,
so that upon reflection you could stop
in the middle of saying it.
It is a joy to discover a new poet—one who storms our hearts with pure talent and a seemingly effortless gift for shaping poems.
Explore her site here