Russian Twentieth-Century Poetry

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Russian C20 poetry is one of the pinnacles of European literature and we still know little about it.  This evening will include brief readings from Yesenin and Mayakovsky but will be largely devoted to three less widely-known poets: Maria Petrovykh, Varlam Shalamov (still better known for his prose) and the emigre poet Georgy Ivanov, one of the very greatest of all Russian lyric poets. Stephen Capus, Robert Chandler, Boris Dralyuk and James Womack will read some of their translations included in the new Penguin Book of Russian Poetry.