Study Guide

Russian Letter

by John Yau

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Text of the Poem

It is said, the past
sticks to the present

like glue,
that we are flies

struggling to pull free 5
It is said, someone

cannot change
the clothes

in which
their soul 10

was born.
I, However,

would not
go so far

Nor am I Rembrandt, 15
master of the black

and green darkness,
the hawk’s plumes

as it shrieks
down from the sky 20