Leo Yankevich

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

Leo Yankevich Poems

41. An Interview With The Oldest Man In Europe 2/5/2016
42. Holodomor,1932-1933 2/9/2016
43. December,1942 2/9/2016
44. St. Bartholomew's Church 2/9/2016
45. The Łemko Steeple 2/9/2016
46. Anonymous Rex 2/9/2016
47. Black Ops 2/9/2016
48. Vision 2/9/2016
49. Monomatapa On The Detroit River 2/9/2016
50. Epilogue 2/9/2016
51. Caterpillar 2/21/2016
52. Schultheiss Bierstube 2/21/2016
53. Mortimer 2/21/2016
54. Awe 2/21/2016
55. Cirrhosis 2/24/2016
56. Nazis 2/24/2016
57. Martial Law, Poland,1982 4/11/2016
58. Shaman 4/14/2016
59. Poet, Christmas Eve,1986 4/14/2016
60. All We've Been Told 4/16/2016
61. Counter-Attack 4/21/2016
62. Queue,1944 4/22/2016
63. Festung Breslau,1945 4/23/2016
64. The Meeting 6/14/2016
65. The Inferno 6/16/2016
66. How To Get To Heaven 8/22/2016
67. From Amoeba To Man 8/25/2016
68. The New Religion 9/20/2016
69. Poem On His 55th Birthday 10/29/2016
70. Old South,1932 2/26/2017
71. Rumour Mill 2/26/2017
72. Wife 2/26/2017
73. Urn 3/23/2017
74. Owls 4/24/2017
75. The Ugly Mermen 6/10/2017
76. The Pyramids Of Detroit 7/16/2017
77. Bakelite 7/20/2017
78. To Marcus Aurelius 8/6/2017
79. Back To The Future 12/6/2017
80. Etching 12/9/2017

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

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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