How Russia speaks

I just love the sound of the Russian language – so rich and tragic.  This documentary –

Russian Poetry – BBC World Service Documentary: How My Country Speaks

– tells the stories of Russians persecuted  simply for writing poetry.  Not only is it fascinating, but as a bonus it includes readings of the poetry.  My favourite is at around 07:00. Here it is, translated by Fay Marshall:

Making Jam in July by Inna Kabysh

A woman who’s making jam in July

is resigned to living with her husband.

She won’t escape with her lover, secretly.

Otherwise, why boil up fruit with sugar?

and observe, how willingly she does it,

as a labour of love,

even though space is at a premium

and there’s nowhere to store the jars.

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