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Of course, it would be a sort of symbolic act. And there are constant rumours ... there's already quite a folklore ... I'm often being rung up. ' And people ring up, feeling insulted, 'Why are you hiding Brodsky? ' And so Leningrad and Moscow live on these myths of Brodsky's return. Of course it's a mythologised yearning to see him. Could you possibly say a few words about Brodsky's role in your life as a poet? Did you experience, not so much an influence, but was there some sort of stimulus, a shove even?
A line from a poem by N. Aseev. 3. Anatoly Naiman, Rasskazy 0 Anne Akhmatovoy. Iz knigi 'Konets pervoy poloviny XX veka' (Moscow: Khudozhestvennaya literatura, 1989) pp. 72-3; Remembering Anna Akhmatova (London: Peter Malban, 1991) p. 6. 4. A line from a poem by Akhmatova. 5. Anatoly Naiman has in mind his introduction to Brodsky's second collection, Ostanovka v pustyne. N. (pp. 7-15). 6. Dmitry Bobyshev in his article 'Ahkmatova's Orphans' writes, 'running ahead, it ought to be said that in the course of the first phase of our acquaintance with her she did urge us every time to brevity, that was until Brodsky had "convinced" her otherwise with his long poema' (Russkaya masl', 8 March 1984, pp.
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