Hope Abandoned is my new book. It's very thick, so it will take me some time to read it. It's about the life and times of the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938) and it was written by his wife. My new book is 40 years old. It cost 1.00 €.
This is my new bag. It's large and sturdy. It's very thick and robust and its purpose is to enable me to carry my plastic, glass, paper and metal rubbish to the recycling containers at the end of the street. It was a freebie from the city's Refuse Department. Hope Abandoned will be 'recycled' elsewhere.
Here's a poem from Osip Mandelstam:
'Eyesight of Wasps'
Armed with the eyesight of slender wasps,
sucking at the earth's axis, the earth's axis,
I feel everything that ever happened to me,
and I memorize it, but it's all in vain.
I don't draw and I don't sing,
and I don't play the violin with a black-voiced bow.
I drive my sting only into life, and love
to envy the powerful, cunning wasps.
Oh, if I could be compelled
by the sting of the air and the summer warmth
to pass through the worlds of dreams and death,
to sense the earth's axis, the earth's axis . . .
You can find a short biography and two more poems HERE.