NABOKV-L post 0024643, Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:18:55 +0000

Re: quote query
An artist working on a commission in NYC would like to use what she thinks a complete Nabokov poem if she can find out its published source. I'm sceptical this pallid shadow of the opening of "Pale Fire" is VN, even from his Russian poetry, but does anyone recognise it?

“Only birds are able to throw off their shadows
The shadow always stays behind on earth.
Our imagination flies.
We are its shadow on the earth.”

Brian Boyd

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