‘And here I stretched my vision and sank my eye into the wide goblet of the sea, so that every mote and tear should come out of it.’

Osip Mandelstam is a favourite poet whose prose I only recently discovered.   His Journey to Armenia is a marvelous, textured complement to Vasily Grossman’s An Armenian Sketchbook.   This quotation captures for me the hypnotic and curative effects a sight of the sea can bring.

Source: Osip Mandelstam, Journey to Armenia, trans. Sidney Monas (London: Notting Hill Editions, 2011), p. 76

‘A plant in the world – that is an event, a happening, an arrow; and not boring, bearded ‘development’!’

Osip Mandelstam, Journey to Armenia, trans. Sidney Monas (London: Notting Hill Editions, 2011), p. 69

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