Dilip Chitre

(17 September 1938 – 10 December 2009 / Gujarat / India)

Leningrad, Sans Mandelstam, April 1980 - Poem by Dilip Chitre

(for the poet Viktor Sosnora
Nevsky Prospekt )

The Czar Peter opened up a window on Europe
From where the bankrupt poets of the future saw
A mysterious navy well-armed with battle-ready poetics
Advancing on Russia.
I, a Marathi poet, walk on Nevsky Prospekt
Looking at the grand buildings on either side,
Realising that these monuments had no poet in mind.

[Translated from Shesha: Selected Marathi Poems]


Comments about Leningrad, Sans Mandelstam, April 1980 by Dilip Chitre

  • (8/11/2016 11:30:00 PM)


    A marvelous poem expressing great surprise over the observation that need of a monument pf poet or poetics was not felt in Leningrad. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 29, 2012



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