And I go out from space

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From needle-shaped pestilential glasses Octets (XI) ~ And I go out from space…
written by Osip Mandelstam
From Moscow Notebooks. See also Poems. Translated from Russian by Dmitri Smirnov. In Russian: И я выхожу из пространства Link to further information


And I go out from space
Into the abandoned garden of values,
And pick off fake constancy
And self-consciousness of reasons.
5 And your, infinity, textbook
I read alone in my solitude —
The leafless, wild medical manual,
Assignment book of enormous roots.

November 1933, Moscow

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