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Selected and translated by R.A.D. Ford. Oakville (Ont), Mosaic Press, c1984. 93pp, paper, ISBN 0-88962-268-X (paperbound boards) $15.95, 0-88962-267-1 (paper) $8.95. CIP

Grades 11 and up
Reviewed by Pat Bolger

Volume 13 Number 4
1985 July

R.A.D. Ford, winner of the Governor General's award for poetry in 1956, spent many years as a Canadian diplomat in Russia, serving as ambassador from 1964 to 1980. It is difficult to imagine a Canadian more ideally qualified to produce an introduction to twentieth-century Russian poetry. The sixteen poets represented here include some already famous outside of the U.S.S.R., like Evtushenko, Mandelsh-tam, and Pasternak. The collection, however, % heavy reading and some of the work is banal:

So forget now all your troubles,
And don't grieve so much for me,
In your old-fashioned winter coat,
Don't go to the highway longingly.

In other places, it declines into plodding prose: "As the experiments of/Kolmogorov showed, art cannot be programmed, and two/characteristics of man, his feeling for religion and poetry, cannot/be deduced." This handsomely produced volume (marred only by a few annoying spelling slips) is not likely to appeal to the average poetry reader, but could be useful in libraries where patrons have a special interest in Russian literature.

Pat Bolger, Renfrew C.I., Renfrew, Ont.
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