Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin
Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin Poems
- My Groom And Friend My groom and friend came from afar. I ...
- Sun, Sun Sun, sun, divine Ra-Helios, you delight the ...
- We Were Four Sisters We were four sisters, four sisters were ...
- Artesian Well In the feathergrass steppe Sources lie ...
- When Someone Says: "Alexandria... When someone says: ...
- I Am Leaving Alexandria Ah, I am leaving Alexandria and will...
- Fuji In A Saucer: The Poem Through tannic steam I catch a ...
Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin (1872–1936) was a symbolist poet, prose writer, and playwright. Openly gay, he wrote the first celebrations of gay themes in Russian literature, and the first Russian coming-out novel, Wings (1907), in which a young man learns to accept his sexuality, which makes him feel as if he has grown wings. Kuzmin too was a poet who mined his own biography, incorporating its associations and events in his poem-cycles.
As censorship tightened and ideological wars raged in proletarian literature, Kuzmin's diary (1906-1934) chronicled a life lived through sexuality, art and contemplation of the everyday. His finest autobiographical poem cycle, The Trout Breaks ... more »
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My Groom And Friend
My groom and friend came from afar.
I kiss your feet!
He drew his circle around me.
I kiss your hands!
Light seems to set the world apart.
I kiss your armor!
And earth's idols do not attract me.
I kiss your wings!
The yoke of love is light and sweet.
I kiss your shoulders!
Your brand is burned upon my heart.
I kiss your lips!