Leo Yankevich

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

Leo Yankevich Poems

161. On The Lynching Of Saddam Hussein 5/30/2009
162. Frozen Stiff 1/9/2010
163. Eschatology 3/14/2009
164. Praised Be 2/11/2005
165. Saint Francis Of 9th Avenue 4/10/2011
166. Satyr 1/18/2011
167. Naftaly Aronovich Frenkel 6/23/2007
168. Starless 5/26/2010
169. Moose 3/16/2009
170. Fly In Amber 12/28/2009
171. Poor Man's Diamond 12/13/2007
172. Creature In The Corn 5/7/2008
173. Grass 11/12/2008
174. For An Old Flame 3/13/2009
175. Exile 5/3/2008
176. Drowning Man 2/6/2009
177. The July Sun Over Lebanon 7/27/2010
178. Poland, New Year’s Day,1982 2/12/2008
179. The Exit 5/21/2011
180. On The Beheading Of Eugene Olin Armstrong 2/12/2008
181. Cracow At Dawn 12/30/2007
182. The Last Silesian 3/6/2006
183. The Gathering Storm 3/14/2009
184. The Moth 5/7/2008
185. The Poet Of 1912 3/13/2011
186. Crossing Geneva Marsh 12/5/2010
187. Red Star,1933 7/27/2010
188. Raggedy Anne 2/11/2005
189. The Snowman 1/9/2010
190. Crow 11/15/2009
191. The Poems 3/16/2009
192. The Abandoned Station 3/18/2009
193. The Death Of Communism 5/12/2009
194. The Bridge 2/13/2008
195. The Scarecrow 3/14/2009
196. The Cat 10/10/2008
197. Gleiwitz,1945 7/27/2010
198. Onion Snow 11/12/2008
199. The Familiar Night 5/25/2010
200. The World To Come 5/21/2011

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

Racked Beauty

Blest be the dawn, the luminous blue-slate,
the arch transfused by the glorious sun,
and blackbirds chanting hymnals in prickly bushes,
and rooks high over fields coughing up love.

Blest be the winds about the furrowed brow,
and the joyful whispers of dying leaves,
the maples staggered blissfully behind barbed fences
above the tombs of the newly redeemed.

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