This short collection, winner of the 2018 Michael Marks Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet https://blogs.bl.uk/english-and-drama/2018/12/michael-marks-awards-for-poetry-pamphlets-announce-2018-winners.html consists of a series of elegies for my late partner, Yuri Giorgievich Drobyshev (1932 – 2015). The focus is on the “small things” to which the Russian poet Osip Mandelshtam refers in his poem “When Psyche-Life follows Persephone…” (Tristia, 1922). The shades Psyche-Life meets in the Underworld gather round her with gifts: “One offers her a mirror, one a phial of scent. The soul’s a woman, you know, the small things matter.” In my narrative, the “small things” are symbols of simple domestic happiness – a fur hat, gardening implements, etc. Original poems are interlaced with translations of Mandelshtam and poems which simply take an image or phrase from his work as a starting-point. There is also a longer poem, a dramatic monologue spoken by the Nubian pharaoh, Taharqa, at the end of his life, where I try to broaden the ripples of the small things back into wider history.