Kalyna Review

Cabaret And Classical


The white-face actresses of Dakh,

                       the Daughters, rasping Roses Of Donbass,

                                               are cabaret in Kyiv now

Like Lotte Lenya in Berlin

                      against the booted thugs.

                                              They end the show, but they will never bow.


A scowl is smiled at too

                       by Valentin Silvestrov, with a tune,

                                              against the maestros who approve

Of annexation and the rule

                      of an atonal tyranny,

                                            only by knowing how to move,


The beauty of the Bagatelles,

                      that are the sound of listening      

                                             to music, to a memory of it,

A moment Schubert never wrote

                     or, in Larissa's Requiem,

                                             almost a Mozart minuet,

And in the Silent Songs

                       the poetry of Pushkin, Keats,

                                              Shevchenko, Shelley, Lermontov

Is set in peace, as simply as

                        singing, if peace is possible,

                                               if not, in a lament of love.


A Daughter bangs a drum.

                       It isn't punk. They play

                                              piano, cello, violin,

As artists for the freedom of the Slavs,

                                            even in Moscow and in Minsk.

                                                                    Their songs are sung. They play, they sing, they win.

About the writer


Andrew Staniland is an English Romantic poet whose poems are classical in style and whose source of inspiration is contemporary spiritual practice.


Andrew was born in Sheffield in 1959. He studied Politics at the University of Durham. Since graduating in 1980, he has worked part time, dedicating his life to writing, to his imagination, to meditation and inner exploration. He matured as a poet in his mid-forties, writing three collections, two story poems and two prose-poem novels, as well as editing three books of the best of his work from the previous twenty years.


He has self-published a number of books in commercial and private editions. His poems have been published in various magazines and anthologies. He had a play performed on the London Fringe and he has written and directed a short film which was screened at various festivals.