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Goofy, Like All Genuine Poets

There are so many intensely despairing moments in Osip Mandelstam’s poetry that it is perhaps invidious to choose one as the most desperate seeming of all. Desperation, after all, often coexists in his poems with sarcasm or even straightforward boyish humor. (Maximilian Voloshin, a poet who owned a house in the Crimea where Mandelstam many […]

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