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Saying Yes in Russian

Saying Yes in Russian

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Saying Yes in Russian is a powerful first collection by Caroline Clark, the result of her experiences first studying and then living the Russian language in Moscow. The poems perfectly capture the otherness of Russian as a language, and allow us to follow Clark on her journey of new discoveries, both light and dark.

‘At Yasnaya Polyana’

Come to a rafter
within the stable’s cool,
two silk-sooted swallows
above a horse at rest.

Who knows such tail-tipped balance
unthought, untrained?
Lástochka, lástochka,
loved first then named.

Caroline Clark was born in Lewes, East Sussex. Her poems and essays have appeared in magazines like Poetry Review, Agenda, The North, PN Review, The Reader, The Frogmore Papers and Smiths Knoll. She lived in Moscow for eight years, and now lives in Montreal, Canada.