Leo Yankevich Poetry

Leo Yankevich (born October 30, 1961) is an American poet and the editor of The New Formalist. He grew up and attended high school in Farrell, Pennsylvania, a small steel town in western Pennsylvania. He studied History and Polish Studies at Alliance College, Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, rece... Read More

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Gleiwitz,1946)

The old Romanesque church in Petersdorf,
closed since the Germans left the neig

You hear the sound of carols from afar.
Bright bulbs and tinsel, cinnamon and cloves.
Beyond a hil

Though many years have passed, and loves, I swear
I can still smell the soaps this one would use.

Those who have come ashore
are neither meek nor poor.

Invaders to your land,
they mock the hel

Without the moon or stars to guide his sight,
without a glint from shanties down below,
he reste

The father looks up to the sky or ceiling
(beyond the grey scale of the photograph)
with his son

After a long night of interrogation,
followed by a thirty-minute trial,
there was no doubt about

The day exits through dusk, the sun on hills
Angry at its going. Briar and brush,
In death, like

Intensities of pain—
of those once persecuted
and those once executed.

The scientific gain
b

Yes, pretty soon now they’ll be at your door.
They’ve orders and a warrant after all.
It doesn

(after the German of Rainer Maria Rilke)

We have no knowledge of his ancient brow
where pippins

I can recall her bent back in the garden,
staking tomato plants and raking soil;
in winter, when

For five days the blowflies have cleansed their bones.
Now they lie waiting for the August rain,

Here where this graveyard comes to a sudden end
you lie forgotten beside a crumbling wall,
yet so

A cuckservative wooed the vote of Diego,
and married a dwarf from south of Laredo.
The Koch broth

It comes to this: a greyness like no other
under clouds uncanny as the mist.
And down below, the v

Here is a river with a little boat
moored beside its bank. The boat's the colour
of oranges in the

(after the German of Georg Trakl)

The brown village. A darkness often treads
Along the walls th

Leo Yankevich Poetry

Leo Yankevich (born October 30, 1961) is an American poet and the editor of The New Formalist. He grew up and attended high school in Farrell, Pennsylvania, a small steel town in western Pennsylvania. He studied History and Polish Studies at Alliance College, Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, receiving a BA in 1984. Later that year he traveled to Poland on a fellowship from the Kosciuszko Foundation to attend Kraków's Jagiellonian University. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, he decided to settle permanently in Poland. Since then he has lived in Gliwice, an industrial city in Upper Silesia. Yankevich is married and has three sons. Yankevich writes poems in both traditional metre and in syllabics, and only occasionally in free verse. He is a prolific translator, having rendered into English poems by Mikhail Lermontov, Georg Trakl, Rainer Maria Rilke, Stanisław Grochowiak, Czesław Miłosz, Alexander Blok, Leopold Staff, Nikolay Gumilev, Bolesław Leśmian, and many others. He has a large Internet presence with work published in scores of online publications, ranging from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette[2] to Poets Against War... Read More