arrows © 2010 . All rights reserved.

Souk

‘Close to Bab Touma, three photographers stood in front of their remarkable apparatus, large wooden boxes on adjustable tripods also made of wood. Their customers sat on folding stools in the open air, in front of a wall with a … Continue reading

Grilling omul © 2010 . All rights reserved.

Exile

‘A Russian may be sent to Siberia by sentence of the courts or by an Imperial decree issued through the Police Ministry ; in the latter case he is said to be ‘awaiting the Czar’s pleasure,’ and no publicity is … Continue reading

River ferry © 2010 . All rights reserved.

Mountains and rivers

Rain on the River We cross the river over dark waves Through dense fog and tie up the little boat Under the bank to a willow. I wake up heavy with wine in the middle of the night. The lamp … Continue reading

Curve © 2010 . All rights reserved.

Spring

‘Up till a few years ago the first sound in the morning in Moscow had been the cows coming out of the side-streets, where they were kept in stalls and backyards, and making their own way among the horse-trams to their meeting-point at the edge of the Khamovniki…’ Continue reading