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Friday, 16 September 2022

[Here I Praise the Brutal Flight] by Viktor Vladimirovich (Velimir) Khlebnikov

Here I praise the brutal flight
of those wings, they carried me into distances,
to Freedom’s signifying blue dimension
domed by the sun with rings of light,
high, high, to that absolute height —
the snowy egret of song eternally.

From: Khlebnikov, Velimir; Schmidt, Paul (transl.) and Douglas, Charlotte (ed.), The King of Time, 1985, Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts, p. 15.

Date: 1908 (original in Russian); 1985 (translation in English)

By: Viktor Vladimirovich (Velimir) Khlebnikov (1885-1922)

Translated by: Paul Schmidt (1934-1999)