Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933 - )
...born in Siberia near Lake Baikal, is one of the best-known contemporary
Russian poets, popular both at home and abroad and attracting huge stadium audiences at readings. He began publishing
while still a teenager at a time when Stalinism was at an end. His early work is optimistic and
rapturous about the future - filled with brash, slangy, unpoetic language similar to that of Russia's Revolutionary
poets. He also wrote many personal and lyrical poems, especially love lyrics, which were frowned upon under Stalinism.
He temporarily fell into disfavor in his home country in the early 1960s after publishing his A Precocious Autobiography
in English. Yevtushenko's later work is less optimistic, but still rebellious and filled with a
love of freedom in all its forms. He now lives abroad and teaches half the year at Tulsa University in Oklahoma.
Love Will Come ...
To B. Akhmadulina
My love will come,
will fold me in her arms,
will notice all the changes,
will understand my apprehensions.
From the pouring dark the infernal gloom,
forgetting to close the taxi door,
she'll dash up the rickety steps
all flushed with joy and longing.
Drenched, she'll burst in, without a knock,
will take my head in her hands,
and from a chair her blue fur coat
will slip blissfully to the floor.