Volume 34, Number 3-4, 2014

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

pp. 8-10
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Poetry

Okaloosa

pp. 11-12
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What Are We Not For, and The Black Umbrella

pp. 18-20
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What David Taught & Where He Taught It

p. 30
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“When It Is Over It Will Be Over”, and Saturdays at Reynolds Work Release

pp. 38-41
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Pomegranate Queen

p. 48
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The Bourbon Baudelaire: A Set of Variations

pp. 49-50
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Memory in Plain English

pp. 64-65
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The Two Times I Loved You Most on a Farm, and Five Letters Returned to Sender

pp. 66-67
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The Chain

p. 85
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November

p. 86
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Janiculum Staircase, and Santa Cecilia

pp. 314-316
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Calculations: A Love Poem

p. 333
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Nothing Is the Thin Wall

p. 339
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In Full Velvet

pp. 356-359
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I Wear the Work Upon My Clothes

p. 360
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Centering

pp. 370-371
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Fiction

Who’s Stopping You?

pp. 13-17
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Studies in Composition

pp. 21-29
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Sloth

pp. 31-37
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Found by Thee

pp. 51-63
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Oido Beach

pp. 68-84
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Visit to the Beach

pp. 372-373
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Provocations

The Favored Language of the Apparatchik: A Contemporary Sampler

pp. 42-47
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Kindle 451

pp. 340-355
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Literary Lives

Reading Rilke with Denise Levertov

pp. 317-332
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The Image Factory

pp. 361-369
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Observations

Evening, All

pp. 334-338
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Rediscoveries

The Dream World

pp. 374-379
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The Russian Presence

Editor’s Note

The Russian Presence

p. 87
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Poetry

Again I visited . . .

pp. 88-89
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Devillet

pp. 127-128
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Poem No. 78, and Poem No. 129

pp. 129-130
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He Who Had Found a Horseshoe

pp. 131-133
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Séance, and from the Cycle “Seventeenth”

pp. 134-137
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Black as the pupil...

p. 143
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Where does such tenderness...

p. 144
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from The Two

p. 145
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They’ve cut a hole..., and I pardon all your sins...

p. 146
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The Jolt

p. 147
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Saturday, June 21, 1941 and Ignatevsky Forest, and Beautiful Day

pp. 157-159
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Goodbye to Friends

p. 160
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The Feast, and Old Women, and Beads

pp. 242-244
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Poet and Crowd

pp. 259-266
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Let’s Go to Morocco, and Trains

pp. 312-313
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Fiction

Three Scenes from Crime and Punishment

pp. 90-99
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Verochka, and Ionych

pp. 100-126
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Lifeless Beast

pp. 138-142
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Nabokov’s Inkblot

pp. 267-275
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Fardwor, Ruissa! A Fantastical Tale from Putin’s Russia

pp. 294-311
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The Cherepanova Sisters

pp. 276-293
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Revaluations

“To Overcome Evil”: Andrey Platonov and the Moscow Show Trials

pp. 148-156
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Cultural History

Lee Harvey Oswald Arrives in the USSR

pp. 161-169
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The Trial of Joseph Brodsky

pp. 183-207
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From Babel to Pentecost (and Back Again): The World After the Wall Came Down

pp. 245-256
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Literary Lives

Meetings with Anna Akhmatova

pp. 170-182
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Film

Andrey Tarkovsky, Russian Experience, and the Poetry of Cinema

pp. 208-241
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Provocations

Russian Slang, circa 1995

pp. 257-258
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Contributors’ Notes

pp. 380-391
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Beginning with the next issue, the editorial responsibility for NER will be assumed by Carolyn Kuebler, and in my "Editor's Note" (page 8) I have indicated my deep indebtedness to her and to C. Dale Young, our longtime poetry editor. At this moment of transition, I also want to express my gratitude for the demanding example set by the editors who preceded me—especially Sydney Lea, who with Jay Parini was one of the founding editors of the magazine in 1978. Jessica Dineen, the first managing editor I had the good fortune to work with, instantly understood everything that needed to be done and how to do it; her fine work has been carried on by those who succeeded her, Jodee Stanley and—for almost ten years now—Carolyn Kuebler. Thanks, too, to Toni Best, who was for many years Office Manager at NER, a position now occupied by Lexa deCourval. In addition, I want to acknowledge the efforts of our team of editorial Readers—Jennifer Bates, Janice Obuchowski, and J. M. Tyree, in particular—who have maintained a close association with the magazine and continue to provide us with invaluable assistance in identifying work of the highest quality for publication in our pages. And finally, thanks from all of us to Middlebury College and President Ronald Liebowitz, and to our many donors, for their continuing commitment and indispensable support.

—S.D.