IN THE REVIEW

Poem with a Footnote

To Robert Lowell Bless your grave, Mr. President. You have become clairvoyant. I shall see things as they are while I sit and wait for the night. I’ll bare my head and say “Bless everything!” Bless the sound of your waves, …

Plisetskaya: A Sketch for a Portrait

NOTE: Voznesensky’s portrait of Maya Plisetskaya is one of the thirty-three-year-old poet’s rare excursions into prose. It appeared recently in a slightly longer form, in the Soviet drama magazine Teatr (June 1966). Voznesensky’s sketch expresses, among other things, the impatience of many Russian intellectuals with the traditionalism of Soviet ballet, …

Five Poems by Andrei Voznesensky

NOTE ON TRANSLATION: These poems are taken from a collection of translations of the work of Andrei Voznesensky, Antiworlds, edited by Patricia Blake and Max Hayward, and to be published by Basic Books in May. Apart from being an attempt to present the work of a young Russian poet who …