Paper Street is pleased to announce that Andrey Gritsman has been recognized with a 2009 Pushcart Prize Honorable Mention for his poem “Kalinin—City of Tver” originally published in Volume IV Issue 2 Fall 2007.
Andrey Gritsman is a poet and essayist, originally from Russia, who lives in the New York area. His works have appeared in Richmond Review, Poetry International, Manhattan Review, New Orleans Review, Poet Lore and others. He runs the poetry series at the Cornelia Street Café in New York City and edits an international poetry magazine INTERPOEZIA on the web. The poem has been reprinted with permission from the author.
KALININ—CITY OF TVER
Dead of winter. Crack in the building wall.
My boyhood bed open to the winds off Volga.
The nanny asleep clutches the Greek Legends book,
the only reading light is frozen moonlight from the frosted window.
She read to me of Scylla and Charybdis of life of the grown-ups,
before I pretend asleep. Parents are just back from their friends’,
father talking a bit loud, mother hushing him:
don’t drink so much next time, moon getting dimmer,
I’m getting colder, wind picking up from the Great Steppe
beyond the ancient city of Tver, where once Wehrmacht infantry
turned into the frozen statues as if they met the last wave
of Mongol horsemen, seized in their flight further East.