Joseph Brodsky, who was born in Leningrad, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987. This poem written last year, was recently read out by Ute Lemper on Artists for Bosnia, part of Channel 4's Bloody Bosnia Season. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus & Girous, Inc.
Submissions are invited for a new anthology of poems for Bosnia to be published by Bloodaxe. Poems should be sent to Ken Smith, 78 Friars Road, London E6.
For all of this week and next, the Daily Poem features a work suggested or provoked by events in Bosnia.