David Shapiro
I Loved You Once by Pushkin

after R.J.


I wish I had a copy

of Pushkin's poem

"I loved you once"

which is said to achieve 

the intended effect—

"wishful resignation

half-concealing half-

revealing a still

smouldering passion"

"without having recourse

to figures of speech."

O it would be clear to you then

there could be such a thing—

I would leave you a copy.

Found In Volume 26, No. 06
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David Shapiro
About the Author

David Shapiro has written some twenty volumes of poetry and literary and art criticism, including New and Selected Poems: 1965-2006 (2007). He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Princeton University and Columbia University, among others. Shapiro lives in the Bronx, New York.