Category Archives: Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Soviet, Russian Poet, Novelist, Essayist, Editor, Dramatist, Actor

Poem – Tomorrow’s Wind

Why am I without joy, achieving everything, but grasping nothing at all? I dream of the wind that has overtaken me, the wind that has leaped over me. It shreds all the telephone lines that sag from unending chatter, and … Continue reading

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Poem – Wounds

I have been wounded so often and so painfully, dragging my way home at the merest crawl, impaled not only by malicious tongues- one can be wounded even by a petal. And I myself have wounded-quite unwittingly- with casual tenderness … Continue reading

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Poem – I Dreamed I Already

I dreamed I already loved you. I dreamed I already killed you. But you rose again; another form, but you, a girl on the little ball of the earth, naive simplicity, curve-necked on that early canvas of Picasso, and prayed … Continue reading

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Poem – Murder

No one sleeps more beautifully than you. But I am afraid that you will waken just now, and touch me with an indifferent glance, lightly passing, and commit the murder of beauty.

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Poem – Idol

Down in the pine needles in the snowstorm-stogged ravine an Evenki idol stands fixing his eyes on the taiga. Aggressively squinting, he watched until the time came when Evenki women started hauling presents to him. They brought him mukluks and … Continue reading

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Poem – Poetry Gives off Smoke

Poetry gives off smoke but it doesn’t die out. It acts kind of crazy, flutteringly, when it chooses us. This fellow’s no fool, sucking tranquillizers, toting in a little briefcase a boiled beet-root. Right now he’d like a mousse or … Continue reading

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Poem – My Universities

I learned not only from those who brightly beam out of golden frames, but from everyone whose ID photo didn’t come out quite right. More than from Tolstoy I learned from blind beggars who sang in train cars about Count … Continue reading

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