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Russian poet Gennady Aygi was born in Shaymurzino, in the Chuvash Autonomous Republic in 1934. He wrote a number of poetry collections, several of which have been translated by editor and translator, Peter France, into English: Time of Gratitude (New Directions Publishing, 2017), Field Russia (New Directions Publishing, 2007), and Child-and-Rose (New Directions Publishing, 2003). He died in 2006.

My Daughter's First Week


the quietness
where the child is--seems uneven
within limits--of fragile lightshadows: emptiness!--for
   the world Grows
in her--to Listen
to Itself
in its Fullness

22 January 1983

From Child & Rose by Gennady Aygi. Copyright © 2003 by Gennady Aygi and Peter France. Used by permission of New Directions. All rights reserved.

From Child & Rose by Gennady Aygi. Copyright © 2003 by Gennady Aygi and Peter France. Used by permission of New Directions. All rights reserved.

Gennady Aygi

Russian poet Gennady Aygi was born in Shaymurzino, in the Chuvash Autonomous Republic in 1934.