We said our vows in the new year.
From in the chapel where we stood
The church bell rings unendingly.
[JOSEPH BRODSKY, born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), emigrated to the United States in 1973 after a long period of persecution by the Soviet government. In 1987, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, and, from 1991-92, he served as the Poet Laureate of the United States. His many works include Selected Poems (Harper & Row, 1973) and Less than One: Selected Essays (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1986).]
[HARRY THOMAS translated Joseph Brodsky's major poem, Gorbunov and Gorchakov (Penguin, 1986). He has also edited the Selected Poems of Thomas Hardy (Penguin, 1993) and Montale in English, which is forthcoming from Penguin.]
[TATYANA AMELINA, a Ph.D. from the University of St. Petersburg, teaches Russian at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her translations into Russian include plays by Somerset Maugham, Harold Pinter, and Edward Albee, as well as stories and novellas by P. G. Wodehouse, Henry James, and Brian Aldis.]
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