Leo Yankevich

Silver Star - 3,448 Points (October 30,1961 / Farrell, Pennsylvania)

Leo Yankevich Poems

1. Market 4/5/2009
2. Summit 1/28/2013
3. Jacob's Ladder,1888 3/9/2013
4. Trees, Walking 3/9/2013
5. Ultima Thule 3/10/2013
6. Godfather 6/22/2013
7. Before His Majesty 6/19/2014
8. The Bell-Toller 6/19/2014
9. A Hundred Since The First 8/15/2014
10. Lazarus 4/29/2015
11. Karpatia 4/29/2015
12. Hedgehog 4/29/2015
13. Grey Wolves 4/29/2015
14. Céline 7/27/2015
15. Flags 8/28/2015
16. Tine 8/28/2015
17. Hospice 8/28/2015
18. Tarn Catfish 8/28/2015
19. The Donetsk Morgue 8/28/2015
20. What They Found 8/28/2015
21. Buk Near Donetsk 8/28/2015
22. Lermontov, Verlaine, Trakl, Yesenin 8/28/2015
23. Do Not Shed Tears For The Drowned Boys 9/9/2015
24. Refugees 9/9/2015
25. Hindenburgstraße 8 9/9/2015
26. Kitten 11/1/2015
27. A Tree And Its Fruit 11/1/2015
28. Archie Bunker Rhymes 11/1/2015
29. Mother Europe 11/1/2015
30. Your Mother’s Eyes, Your Father’s Chin 11/1/2015
31. Dream: Milosz 11/1/2015
32. Seven 11/10/2015
33. A Magic Mountain 11/20/2015
34. Neanderthal 11/22/2015
35. Nowica 12/6/2015
36. After Hieronymus Bosch 12/7/2015
37. Sunday Morning 1/10/2016
38. In Fear 2/1/2016
39. An Interview With The Oldest Man In Europe 2/5/2016
40. Holodomor,1932-1933 2/9/2016

Comments about Leo Yankevich

  • Margaret O Driscoll Margaret O Driscoll (7/13/2015 4:10:00 AM)

    Glad I checked out your poetry, just read Mother In The Garden and it nearly had me in tears!

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  • Amir Mohammad Islami Chalandar (6/6/2014 7:51:00 AM)

    excellent poems. you are great in explaining your feels. i invite you to read my poem

  • Dennis N. O'brien Dennis N. O'brien (10/27/2012 6:04:00 PM)

    Thanks for posting your poems here - I enjoy reading them.
    Best wishes
    Dennis N. O'Brien

  • Michael Shepherd (9/21/2004 8:13:00 AM)

    Leo - I am moved by and admire your poems enormously. Will you tell michael@shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk if you have published, or intend to publish? Best wishes.

Best Poem of Leo Yankevich

Apollo’s Archaic Torso

(after the German of Rainer Maria Rilke)

We have no knowledge of his ancient brow
where pippins ripen. Yet his torso gleams,
reflecting the candela, luminous streams
that yet pour from his gaze, his glance’s glow

still radiant, though dimmed. If not, his bare
breast would not blind you in the silent turn
of hip and thighs, a smile not flash and burn
through groins, his genitals not ever glare.

If not, this stone would seem deformed and small,
the light beneath his shoulder’s sudden fall
not seem a preying panther’s shimmering mane, ...

Read the full of Apollo’s Archaic Torso

The Last Silesian

Above us: cawing rooks and grey clouds.
Around us: leafless trees and falling snow.
It’s late in January, 60 years
since Gleiwitz-Petersdorf was “liberated.”

Anne, a frail and tiny woman of eighty,
and the last Silesian on our street,
points her left hand toward the frozen ground
and rests her right upon a walking stick.

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