Leo Yankevich

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

Leo Yankevich Poems

41. St. Bartholomew's Church 2/9/2016
42. The Łemko Steeple 2/9/2016
43. Anonymous Rex 2/9/2016
44. Black Ops 2/9/2016
45. Vision 2/9/2016
46. Monomatapa On The Detroit River 2/9/2016
47. Epilogue 2/9/2016
48. Caterpillar 2/21/2016
49. Schultheiss Bierstube 2/21/2016
50. Mortimer 2/21/2016
51. Awe 2/21/2016
52. Cirrhosis 2/24/2016
53. Nazis 2/24/2016
54. Martial Law, Poland,1982 4/11/2016
55. Shaman 4/14/2016
56. Poet, Christmas Eve,1986 4/14/2016
57. All We've Been Told 4/16/2016
58. Counter-Attack 4/21/2016
59. Queue,1944 4/22/2016
60. Festung Breslau,1945 4/23/2016
61. The Meeting 6/14/2016
62. The Inferno 6/16/2016
63. How To Get To Heaven 8/22/2016
64. From Amoeba To Man 8/25/2016
65. The New Religion 9/20/2016
66. Poem On His 55th Birthday 10/29/2016
67. Old South,1932 2/26/2017
68. Rumour Mill 2/26/2017
69. Cats 4/3/2016
70. The New Bleeding Hearts 4/4/2016
71. Soccer Ball 4/4/2016
72. No Still Life 4/4/2016
73. Elegy For Hanns Breitenbach (1890-1945) 2/22/2014
74. Promised Land 3/9/2014
75. Urn 3/23/2017
76. The Ugly Mermen 6/10/2017
77. The Pyramids Of Detroit 7/16/2017
78. Bakelite 7/20/2017
79. To Marcus Aurelius 8/6/2017
80. Back To The Future 12/6/2017

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

Veterans’ Hospital

Some nights are never-ending hells
for these old veterans in our care.
We do not hand out pills, but shells,
as out of battlefields they stare
from over sixty years ago
on far-off Guam or Guadalcanal.
With trembling hands they try to show
how the bravest or youngest fell.
We console them with a cold cup,

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