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I’m with the Imaginists

Tony Wood: The memoirs of an early Soviet poet, 7 March 2002

A Novel without Lies 
by Anatoly Mariengof, translated by José Alaniz.
Glas, 192 pp., £8.99, August 2001, 1 56663 302 8
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... On 28 May 1919, the residents of Moscow woke to find that the walls of the Strastnoi convent had been daubed with what at first glance might have appeared to be crude blasphemous slogans. More attentive reading, however, revealed that this was poetry: ‘I sing and appeal: Lord, give birth to a calf!’ ‘Look at the fat thighs/Of this obscene wall ...

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