Leo Yankevich

Silver Star - 3,358 Points (October 30,1961 / Farrell, Pennsylvania)

Leo Yankevich Poems

81. Summit 1/28/2013
82. Jacob's Ladder,1888 3/9/2013
83. Wake 3/9/2013
84. Trees, Walking 3/9/2013
85. Ultima Thule 3/10/2013
86. Godfather 6/22/2013
87. Before His Majesty 6/19/2014
88. The Bell-Toller 6/19/2014
89. A Hundred Since The First 8/15/2014
90. Elegy For Hanns Breitenbach (1890-1945) 2/22/2014
91. Promised Land 3/9/2014
92. The Careful Gardener 6/22/2013
93. Why Wars Happen, Beings On Earth Die 8/16/2014
94. The Adolf Hitler Canal 4/8/2013
95. Esse 6/19/2014
96. Six Feet Beneath The Snow 2/20/2015
97. Childhood Leaves 3/9/2013
98. Pilitak 1/28/2013
99. Kolyma,1937 7/27/2010
100. Koniuchy, Eastern Poland,1944 7/27/2010
101. Metaphysics 5/7/2008
102. Reunion 3/13/2009
103. Old Tarts 9/4/2012
104. Tombstone 6/17/2012
105. Invocation 3/14/2009
106. Kant’s Shadow 2/12/2008
107. Tobias To His Angel 9/5/2010
108. Somewhere Over Germany,1945 5/12/2009
109. Vengeance Is Mine, Says The Lord,1943 5/12/2009
110. Two Dates 2/11/2005
111. Rust Belt 11/12/2008
112. Moonshine,1969 11/12/2008
113. Leaves 5/7/2008
114. Lobb Ghyll Viaduct 8/3/2012
115. Last Poem 1/1/2013
116. Silesian Landscape 2/13/2008
117. Water 6/5/2008
118. Hank 2/11/2008
119. Moose 3/16/2009
120. Tattie Bogel 1/28/2013

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

Quasimodo

As he lies mid his retinue of rats,
oblivious to the trickling water
and the maelstrom in the babbling sewer,
one might think his nose a hovel for flies
in the low and oppressive August heat,
but gladly he sleeps the sleep of the just,
like a foetus double-crossed in the womb.

Who but the passing ethereal white clouds,

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