Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin

Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin

Russia
Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin
Russia
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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 wh ...
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1.
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!
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2.
We Were Four Sisters
We were four sisters, four sisters were we,
All four of us loved, but had different "becauses:"
One loved because father and mother told her to,
another loved because her lover was rich,
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3.
Sun, Sun
Sun, sun,
divine Ra-Helios,
you delight
the hearts of kings and heroes,
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4.
Artesian Well
In the feathergrass steppe
Sources lie buried,
The thirsty sun knows
Life isn't raspberries.
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5.
When Someone Says: "Alexandria"
When someone says: "Alexandria,"
I see the white walls of a house,
a small garden row of gillyflowers,
an autumn evening's pale sunlight
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