Ugly Duckling Presse

"I was walking down a wood road..."

Ilya Bernstein

Poetry/Broadside $10

"I was walking down a wood road..." by Ilya Bernstein from Attention and Man (UDP, Eastern European Poets Series #1, 2003)

Printed at UDP for the occasion of the author's reading at Franklin & Marshall College, November 18, 2013.

Excerpt ˇ


I was walking down a wood road

And I came to a spot, by and by,

Where another road merged with mine

Unexpectedly. And although

Another person passing there

Might not have even noticed

The other path coming out of the forest,

Coming from God knows where,

I did, and I stopped to look.

For a long time on that spot I stood

Where two roads converged in the wood,

and I thought:

"Someone going the other way

Might someday stop here for the sake

Of deciding which path to take."

But my direction lay where it lay.

And walking on, I felt a sense

Of wonder at that difference.

Close ˆ

About the Author

Ilya Bernstein's collection of poetry is called Attention and Man (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003). His poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in Ars Interpres,Circumference, Fulcrum, 6x6, Persephone, Moon City Review, and Res. He is the editor of Osip Mandelstam: New Translations (UDP, 2006). He translates for a living and lives in New York City.