Arseny Tarkovsky

Arseny Tarkovsky (1907-1989) was a Russian poet who spent most of his life as a translator, only publishing his own poems after Stalin’s death (beginning in 1962). His work emerges from a visionary sensibility that became his way of forging a Russian art outside of Soviet realism. He was wounded in World War II, lost a leg to gangrene, and wrote some of the most powerful poems about the War.

Arseny Tarkovsky's Articles

Life, Life

I don’t believe in omens, nor fear
foreboding signs. No poisons or lies

- April 23, 2015

The Night Before the First of June

Sleep in your glade as if under stage lights,
Sleep—this night is shorter than your love.

- April 18, 2014

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