Leo Yankevich

Bronze Star - 2,146 Points (October 30,1961 / Farrell, Pennsylvania)

Biography of Leo Yankevich

Leo Yankevich poet

an American poet and the editor of The New Formalist.

Born into a Roman Catholic family of Irish-Polish descent, he grew up and attended high school in Farrell, Pennsylvania, a small steel town in western Pennsylvania. He then studied History and Polish Studies at Alliance College, Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, receiving a BA in 1984. Later that year he travelled 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 in Poland. Since 2013 he has lived in Pittsburgh, PA.

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, Stanislaw Grochowiak, Czeslaw Milosz, Alexander Blok, Leopold Staff, Nikolay Gumilev, Boleslaw Lesmian, and many others. He has a large Internet presence with work published in scores of online publications, ranging from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to Poets Against War.

Leo Yankevich's Works:


The Language of Birds; Pygmy Forest Press,1994 ISBN 0-944550-39-8
Grief's Herbs (translations after the Polish of Stanislaw Grochowiak): The Mandrake Press,1995
The Gnosis of Gnomes; The Mandrake Press,1995
Epistle from The Dark; The Mandrake Press,1996 ISBN 83-904541-1-4
The Golem of Gleiwitz; The Mandrake Press,1998 ISBN 83-904541-6-5
" Metaphysics" by Leo Yankevich,2002


The Unfinished Crusade; The Mandrake Press,2000 ISBN 83-904541-9-X
The Last Silesian; The Mandrake Press,2005 ISBN 0-9708219-2-1
Tikkun Olam; Counter-Currents Publishing,2012 ISBN 978-1-935965-38-1
Journey Late at Night: Poems & Translations; Counter-Currents Publishing,2013 ISBN 978-1935965824

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The New Religion

The body is a bag of blood and bones
tossed into life by karma, chance or fate.
Time, space and matter mid the mossy stones,
in the eye of the cosmos, need not wait.

<i>Deitas</i> is the Lord, the architect,
glanced at through plankton in the aeon-old sea,
through the portholes of sunken longships, wrecked
mid red sea whips, blue kelp and blue-green algae.

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