This poem is taken from Stand 224, 17(4) December 2019 - February 2020.

Sergey Stratanovsky Six Poems
trans. J Kates
Death of a Poet

The death of the poet Akhmatova.
          required a certificate
A death certificate
          with the doctor’s official cause of death

The death of the citizen Akhmatova.
          Not having received sanction
From the requisite department
          for transportation, transfer
Of the body to the Baltic waves,
Shadows to the last summer waters

The death of the poet Akhmatova.
          An airplane in Leningrad, a drunken gang
Came down the gangway
          laughing and strumming a guitar
(Probably tourists —
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