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Two Poems: Sketches of St. Petersburg

By September 14, 2022No Comments

jess ingrassellino, june 2019

I read Spouts (1921), an earlier poem by William Carlos Williams. I enjoy his first person, direct, and conversational writing style. This poem, like many of his others that I have read, is a single experience written in fragments, making up just one sentence. There is a lot of economy in the way that Williams expresses experience, and there are new stories to be uncovered with repeated reading of his work. These two poems are my first assignment from my first writing class in June, 2019.

St. Petersburg (May 15, 2019)


Taller than the other buildings – it seems, 

Taller than everything. 

Guarding the circle, the 

Subway, the  

twin buildings 

Flanking the road 

into the city. 

Her dual histories stand, 

Signed – Piter and Leningrad –  

Overlooking the city and 

Her history.  

In the taxi, I 


The Serfs (May 16, 2019)

Today, we saw the 

Yellow building, 

Three stories high, where

Serfs were sold.

Today, the 

Red roof and clean


Frame the view from the 

Second story windows, where

Tourists can see the 

Seven bridges when they look

Outside from the

Safety of their rooms at the 

Holiday Inn Express.

Jess Ingrassellino

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