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]
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