Yevgeny Yevtushenko (born July 18, 1933) poet and spokesman for the younger post-Stalin generation of Russian poets, whose internationally publicized demands for greater artistic freedom and for a literature based on aesthetic rather than political standards signaled an easing of Soviet control over artists in the late 1950s and ’60s. Yevtushenko’s gifts as an orator and publicist, his magnetic personality, and his fearless fight for a return to artistic honesty soon made him a leader of Soviet youth. He revived the brash, slangy, unpoetic language of the early Revolutionary poets Vladimir Mayakovsky and Sergey Yesenin and reintroduced such traditions as love lyrics and personal lyrics, which had been discouraged under Stalinism. His poem Babiyy Yar (1961), mourning the Nazi massacre of an estimated 34,000 Ukrainian Jews, was an attack on lingering Soviet anti-Semitism. He published more poetry in The Collected Poems, 1952–1990, The Best of the Best: The Evening Rainbow, and Walk on the Ledge: A New Book of Poetry in English and Russian. His autobiographical novel Don’t Die Before Your Death treats the attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev in Soviet Russia in 1991.
Who Do You Love?
A live poetry talk show and cover open mic, broadcast live at 6:30 on the first Tuesday of each month. It is a discussion/presentation on the life and work of the month’s featured (LOVED) poet followed by audience members reading their favorite poem by the featured poet, and one of their own poems.
Host: Elijah B Pringle, III expresses himself in the Visual, Performing and Written Arts. He was a lyric baritone, a composer, a dancer, choreographer and actor before dedicating himself mostly to the written art. His essays and poetry have appeared in numerous local and international poetry journals and anthologies.
Guest: Charles S. Carr, Mikail Zorich & Olia Prokopenko
Admission: Free. Doors open at 5:30pm
When: Tuesday, July 5, 6:30pm
Where: PhillyCAM, 699 Ranstead St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
This series is a co-production of Moonstone Poetry Center and PhillyCAM