The Guest

Nothing is changed: against the dining-room windows hard grains of whirling snow still beat. I am what I was, but a man came to me. “What do you want?” I asked. “To be with you in hell,” he said. I laughed. “It’s plain …

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 …