Vera Pavlova. Brooklyn

You know Vera Pavlova even if you think you don't.

If you ride the NYC subway and pay attention to the "Poetry in Motion" posters, you've read her poem.

If you read the New Yorker magazine, you surely have noticed Vera's poems on its pages.

Only a handful of Russian writers and poets have been thus honored. Here is one of the four poems that appeared in the New Yorker, the same one shared your rides in the subway:

If there is something to desire,
there will be something to regret.
If there is something to regret,
there will be something to recall.
If there is something to recall,
there was nothing to regret.
If there was nothing to regret,
there was nothing to desire.


Vera Pavlova's poems are short and incisive. One of the former guests of our series, Mikhail Shishkin, once observed that Vera manages to pack as much emotion and depth in her 10 lines where he needs 50 pages. Vera shares her time between Moscow and New York.

Boston College will be hosting the 2009 Michael B. Kreps Memorial
Readings on March 28, 2009. Vera Pavlova, a distinguished contemporary
Russian poet and essayist, will read from and discuss her works.