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ODOP: Old Danilo (1)

Ever taken Russian Fairy Tales? It seems it’s getting to be a popular course in eastern-coast universities… anyone? Remember this?


That’s heroism for you. Look at that fighting spirit! Get that huge-ass bird, Ivan!

Okay, maybe, maybe not? What about the iconic Vasilisa?

Funny, she’s not dressed Goth…

Okay, let’s give it one more try. Remember to be looking at the borders and noting the artist’s palette…

All right, all right, I give. It’s Bilibin.


Yeah! Kiss that hot new girl-bride, bro!

Well, you don’t have to have passed RFT… or even taken it… to understand the next fifteen or so updates. Let’s be honest, does anyone really understand the references in anyone else’s post-post-post-modernist poetry anymore?


It’s the Golden-Thread Spider of Mumbai. But the author is clearly using it as a symbol of her doomed relationship with her transexual cat as it collapses under the weight of digitalization in a rapidly semi-demi-globalizing world. Seriously, how did you not get that?

But if you are already familiar with Russian folklore, you would understand that the rampant nationalism and dirty-mindedness in this fine blank-verse narrative reading experience are definitely not mine.

Well, not wholly mine.

Old Danilo

Time ago a certain tsar had a son
He sent in state to a rival king, who,
Mindless of God, showed Prince Ivan no warmth
When the tsar was disposed, but cast him to
The stables. Now Ivan never bemoaned
His foul luck, though left restless by bad dreams
Whene’er he winked, but worked all through his youth
Like a horse, singing loud Russian songs and
Cracking broad jokes to the beasts and foreign
Serfs (who were equally dumb) while he sweat.

Copyright 2010 Jobey George… who has signed her passport for hell now that she has used a lolcats picture on her poetry blog.

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