“Portable Siberia”: A Tribute to Yanka Dyagileva

Portable Siberia

for Yanka Dyagileva

 

She sings fleeing snowdrifts

Her voice unpacks larch and moon no matter where I am

Stuck in summertime Hartford’s traffic jams, her cries still frostbite

Wolves clamor in the backseat, partitioning my limbs

 

For more information about this Siberian punk-saint, read Alina Simone’s memoir You Must Go and Win.

If you know Russian, this is an EXCELLENT site devoted to her: http://yanka.lenin.ru/

 

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