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Yevgeny Yevtushenko
(1933-____) born on
Jul 18
Russian poet. He was spokesman for the post-Stalin generation of Russian poets, and their demands for greater artistic freedom; wrote "Bratsk Station."
Be equal to your talent, not your age.
At times let the gap between them be embarrassing.

A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else can be only a footnote.
Everything I do, I do on the principle of Russian borscht. You can throw everything into it beets, carrots, cabbage, onions, everything you want. What's important is the result, the taste of the borscht.
But what if it doesn't work ... ?
and they jammed sticks
In the wheels of the first locomotive
To make sure it wouldn't work.
In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
R: In NY "Times," 3 Nov 63
A: In NY "Times," 2 Feb 86
N: On "timid bureaucrats" in a move regarded as "jumping off the bandwagon" of Soviet Premier Mikhail S Gorbachev; in NY "Times," 10 Sep 85
K: A Precocious Autobiography," Dutton 63, quoted by Robert Conquest "The Politics of Poetry" NY "Times," 30 Sep 73

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