From Russia With Stamps

Russia may as well be a synonym for poetry: Pushkin, Yesenin, Mayakovsky, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Blok… Not all of them fall into the category great Russian soul. Vladimir Maykovsky, for instance, says in his epitaph for Sergei Esenin who commited suicide in the hotel Angleterre, writing his last poem with his own blood:

A poem by Ilya Semenko-Basin

“…maybe, if there had been ink in the Angleterre,
there’d have been no reason for veins to be cut.”

In quite a few poems you can find an attitude that the American writer Christopher Moore describes with the words:

“Scratch a cynic and you will find a disappointed romantic.”

The well known mail artist Ilya Semenko-Basin is also more on the sarkastic side when he writes poetry about a time when the biznesmeni (businessmen) of today were tovarishchi (comrades). Fittingly, his works were accompanied by stamps from the USSR.

An example of his writing is only a mouse click away.

Published by Gerald Jatzek

Gerald is a poet and musician who writes in German and English . He has published books for children and adults. He has played in quite some countries, including Italy, Greece, and Hong Kong. 2001 he received the Austrian State Prize for Children’s Poetry.

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