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Leo Yankevich

Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania in 1961 to Roman Catholic parents of Polish-Lithuanian and Irish descent, Leo Yankevich is a widely published formalist poet as well as translator. He has resided in Poland since 1984.
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Promised Land

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Rousseau’s brave savages
had circled her covered wagon,
leaving vestiges
of life that could have been:

dreams of a promised land,
a son and rag-doll daughter,
a scalped Scottish husband,
and not a drop of water.

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Elegy for Hanns Breitenbach (1890–1945)

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You disappeared in the dead of winter,
but not like Yeats. No wife or mistress
were at your side. A hole and splinter
alarmed you, but did not distress.

Duty called. You would not part
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Somewhere over Germany, 1945

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At the gates of heaven
he did not know the names
beyond the bombing bay.

But many miles away
he could still see the flames
judging the dead in Dresden.

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Philosopher

Plotinus

Plotinus by Raphael

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Editor’s Note:

From Leo Yankevich’s Journey Late at Night: Poems and Translations, forthcoming from Counter-Currents. 

For a moment as brief and long as eternity
he sees what the blind man sees in the blink of an eye:
a sun that never sets, forms wrought from gold, purity
before it falls or is restored to grace, the grey sky

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Praised Be

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From Leo Yankevich’s Journey Late at Night: Poems and Translations, forthcoming from Counter-Currents.  Read more …

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Forthcoming from Counter-Currents!
Journey Late at Night:
Poems & Translations

JourneySmallSan Francisco: Counter-Currents, 2013
178 pages

Release date: November 21, 2013

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Eschatology

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When the mind melts in the cave of the skull,
forsaken, alas, like everything else,
will some victorious Socrates crawl—
out of the depths, like a most secret self—

beholding all things as they really are?
Then, apostolic, but shunning the smell,
will he crawl back down inside—to pole-star
and enlighten the blind monkeys in hell?

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On the Beheading of Lee Rigby

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It’s true: few deaths are kind.
The agéd pensioner,
with Dunkirk on his mind,
prays for his to occur.

His life was long and hard;
a belt still burns his back.
Inside the cancer ward
he lies upon the rack.

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Hindenburgstraße 8

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What German family must have once lived here?
Built in ’32, the building’s façade
was freshly made, the face of every god
and angel brand new. Nowadays they sneer,

looking out sooty niches, ears and noses
riddled by history and acid rain.
Wort and stinkweed prosper where once roses
brushed against each crystal window pane.

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