On Nov 14, 2015, at 6:52 AM, Alexey Sklyarenko wrote: Carolyn, you are not inventing or parodying. Lastochka (“The Swift”) in VN’s reading can be listened to here:

Thank you, Alexey. This poem in English and Russian is on an old Spoken Arts LP I still have somewhere. One one side of the record VN reads a chapter from Lolita and on the other a selection of poems. The recording on the web sounds exactly like the reading the way I remember it. So Lastochka is "swallow" and/or "swift"? Are they the same bird? No ornithologist, I.


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