From Russia With Love

POETRY

In 1957, Yevgeny Yevtushenko wrote "The Heirs of Stalin," a direct attack on the Soviet premier, his successors and their legacy. Other Yevtushenko works, like "Babi Yar" (denouncing Nazi and Russian anti-Semitism) and "Irreconcilable" (thumbing his nose at the political consequences of his actions) further cemented his status as the leader of the "new generation" of Russian poets. His internationally publicized demands for greater artistic freedom also helped ease Soviet control over artists in the late 1950s and '60s. The noted poet reads from a selection of his works at The [email protected], the following day lecturing at Eckerd on the topic, "Every Wall is a Door: Ten Centuries of Russian Poetry." Tues., March 14, 7:30 p.m., 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, $13 general/$10 students, 727-895-6620; and Wed., March 15, 7:30 p.m., Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Pete, free admission, 727-864-7979.