Liza Sud


A Poet In Russia - Prison And Exile, - Poem by Liza Sud

a poet in Russia - prison and exile,
a poet in Russia - Daniil Andreev,
Iosiph Brodsky, Mandelstam -
I'm tired of counting the lesions...

A poet in Russia - if I'm named
by beloved Country - I will go,
but I'll go out as a saint -
That's how the Russians want to see a poet.

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Поэт в России - ссылка и тюрьма,
поэт в России- Даниил Андреев,
Иосиф Бродский, Мандельштам -
устанем мы считать потери...

Поэт в России - если позовет
страна родимая - то выйду,
и выйду я уже святой -
здесь так поэта хотят видеть.

Topic(s) of this poem: exile, poet, prison


Comments about A Poet In Russia - Prison And Exile, by Liza Sud

  • Daniel Brick (8/15/2016 12:16:00 AM)


    Your title PRISON AND EXILE refers to the earthly fate of poets under Bolshevism, but that dark destiny is redeemed in your last line: I WILL GO OUT AS A SAINT. / THAT'S HOW THE RUSSIANS WANT TO SEE THEIR POETS. A government, promising for seventy years to create a workers' paradise on earth, making war for all those years against its own people - but the poets kept another vision of Russia alive through all that suffering! ! You are part of that victory.//As a young man Yevtushenko met an emigre poet in Paris: how could they communicate with such different lives? Yevtushenko wrote: WHAT UNITED US? THE COMMON SPIRITUAL HOMELAND WAS RUSSIAN POETRY. IT REMAINED UNCHANGED DESPITE THE MADNESS OF SOVIET HISTORY. RUSSIAN CULTURE IS ALWAYS A SINGLE WHOLE. Amen to that. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 19, 2015



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