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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Great Regulars: "Autumn in Sigulda" is quiet, elegiac and
different from the "jangle" jazz rhythms of [Andrei] Voznesensky's beatnik-style series, which includes "The Last Tram", printed in the TLS two years earlier. "Autumn in Sigulda" reminisces about a past time, "near me and somewhere far off", drawing on the changing seasons--a favourite theme of Russian poets of the period. As the trees lose their leaves "we too are emptied out" from summer, from the "dacha" house, and "from mothers,/from women".