Leo Yankevich

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

Leo Yankevich Poems

201. The Loneliest Man 3/16/2009
202. Racked Beauty 9/22/2004
203. The Idiot 9/20/2004
204. Quasimodo 9/20/2004
205. Heraclitus 3/16/2009
206. The Condemned House 3/16/2009
207. Sarajevo Sonnet 7/27/2010
208. Passenger Pigeons 12/13/2007
209. Obituary 9/20/2004
210. Eden 4/10/2011
211. Burn 9/4/2012
212. Draza Bregovich 3/18/2007
213. Philosopher 9/20/2004
214. Papa's Dying 9/20/2004
215. The Birdman Of Gdansk 7/18/2010
216. The Bell 9/4/2012
217. Tikkun Olam* 7/27/2010
218. Moscow,1928 7/27/2010
219. Mother In The Garden 3/16/2009
220. Cracow 7/18/2010
221. Swallows 2/25/2010
222. Despair 5/7/2008
223. Beasts 3/10/2013
224. The Garrett Loft 6/7/2011
225. Angel 1/28/2013
226. Ezra Pound Enters The Tent 12/24/2007
227. Clarity 4/6/2011
228. St. Martin’s Cemetery 2/11/2005
229. The Birdman 5/7/2008
230. Don Quixote 12/13/2007
231. Ludwig Wittgenstein Visits George Trakl In Hospital, Cracow,6 November 1914 8/13/2009
232. Manichaeans 9/20/2004
233. Dylan Thomas 2/11/2005
234. Bukovina,1989 3/26/2011
235. Brother, 2/6/2009
236. After The Expulsions 7/27/2010
237. Butugychag 3/18/2009
238. Blurb 1/18/2011
239. Beast 4/10/2011
240. A Plurality Of Worlds 3/13/2011

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

The Last Silesian

Above us: cawing rooks and grey clouds.
Around us: leafless trees and falling snow.
It’s late in January, 60 years
since Gleiwitz-Petersdorf was “liberated.”

Anne, a frail and tiny woman of eighty,
and the last Silesian on our street,
points her left hand toward the frozen ground
and rests her right upon a walking stick.

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