Leo Yankevich

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

Leo Yankevich Poems

81. Angels 6/25/2018
82. The Lord's Supper 6/25/2018
83. Wołyń 7/22/2018
84. Cats 4/3/2016
85. The New Bleeding Hearts 4/4/2016
86. Soccer Ball 4/4/2016
87. No Still Life 4/4/2016
88. Elegy For Hanns Breitenbach (1890-1945) 2/22/2014
89. Promised Land 3/9/2014
90. The Careful Gardener 6/22/2013
91. Why Wars Happen, Beings On Earth Die 8/16/2014
92. The Adolf Hitler Canal 4/8/2013
93. Esse 6/19/2014
94. Six Feet Beneath The Snow 2/20/2015
95. Wake 3/9/2013
96. Nettle Tea 4/2/2016
97. Deep Sleep 11/1/2015
98. Witness 8/28/2015
99. Childhood Leaves 3/9/2013
100. Pilitak 1/28/2013
101. Sonnet For All Who Follow Me 4/8/2016
102. Kolyma,1937 7/27/2010
103. Koniuchy, Eastern Poland,1944 7/27/2010
104. Metaphysics 5/7/2008
105. Reunion 3/13/2009
106. Old Tarts 9/4/2012
107. Tombstone 6/17/2012
108. Invocation 3/14/2009
109. Kant’s Shadow 2/12/2008
110. Tobias To His Angel 9/5/2010
111. Somewhere Over Germany,1945 5/12/2009
112. Vengeance Is Mine, Says The Lord,1943 5/12/2009
113. Two Dates 2/11/2005
114. Rust Belt 11/12/2008
115. Moonshine,1969 11/12/2008
116. Leaves 5/7/2008
117. Lobb Ghyll Viaduct 8/3/2012
118. Last Poem 1/1/2013
119. Silesian Landscape 2/13/2008
120. Water 6/5/2008

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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