Leo Yankevich

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

Leo Yankevich Poems

1. Mary Magdalene 2/11/2008
2. Mary 5/7/2008
3. Market 4/5/2009
4. Summit 1/28/2013
5. Jacob's Ladder,1888 3/9/2013
6. Trees, Walking 3/9/2013
7. Ultima Thule 3/10/2013
8. Godfather 6/22/2013
9. Before His Majesty 6/19/2014
10. The Bell-Toller 6/19/2014
11. A Hundred Since The First 8/15/2014
12. Lazarus 4/29/2015
13. Karpatia 4/29/2015
14. Hedgehog 4/29/2015
15. Grey Wolves 4/29/2015
16. Céline 7/27/2015
17. Flags 8/28/2015
18. Tine 8/28/2015
19. Hospice 8/28/2015
20. Tarn Catfish 8/28/2015
21. The Donetsk Morgue 8/28/2015
22. What They Found 8/28/2015
23. Buk Near Donetsk 8/28/2015
24. Lermontov, Verlaine, Trakl, Yesenin 8/28/2015
25. Do Not Shed Tears For The Drowned Boys 9/9/2015
26. Refugees 9/9/2015
27. Hindenburgstraße 8 9/9/2015
28. Kitten 11/1/2015
29. A Tree And Its Fruit 11/1/2015
30. Archie Bunker Rhymes 11/1/2015
31. Mother Europe 11/1/2015
32. Your Mother’s Eyes, Your Father’s Chin 11/1/2015
33. Dream: Milosz 11/1/2015
34. Seven 11/10/2015
35. A Magic Mountain 11/20/2015
36. Neanderthal 11/22/2015
37. Nowica 12/6/2015
38. After Hieronymus Bosch 12/7/2015
39. Sunday Morning 1/10/2016
40. In Fear 2/1/2016

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

A Warning To Dissidents

Yes, pretty soon now they’ll be at your door.
They’ve orders and a warrant after all.
It doesn’t matter. You’ll be on the floor,
your wife and children having watched you fall.

Just then you’ll notice fallen scraps and crumbs,
the beauty of your startled wife’s pale feet,
the Celtic Crosses on your daughter’s thumbs,
the food above that you will never eat.

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