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Listen! Early Poems (City Lights Pocket Poets Series)

ISBN: 9780872862555
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
Edition: 1st City Lights Books ed
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
Number of pages: 64
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Many of the poems in this book are translated for the first time into English." Accompanying the poems are rare drawings and lithographs by Mayakovsky and his circle, found in private collections of futurist books.

"what a poet

and the clear water is thick

with bloody blows on its head.

I embraced a cloud

But when I soared

it rained."

—Frank O’Hara, “Mayakovsky” (1954)

Mayakovsky's is one of the most compelling voices in twentieth-century Russian poetry. Born in 1893, he joined the Futurist movement in 1912 and soon established himself as one of Russia's major poets. In 1917, he rallied to the Russian Revolution and remained the indisputable leader of its artistic avant-garde until his suicide in 1930.

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