Unknown Poem by Joseph Brodsky Found in St. Petersburg

The manuscript with an unknown poem by a Russian-American poet, Joseph Brodsky, was found at home by the translator from St. Petersburg Anatoly Naiman, the Arzamas magazine reported. 

Picture: Arzamas Magazine Website

It is noted that the poem was written 30 years ago. It was entitled “Fast-Shrift”, which refers to German “Festschrift”, which means “written on a special occasion”, and English “shrift”, that is “confession”. Brodsky dedicated it to the translator George Kline, and read it aloud during the Kline’s birthday celebrations in April 1991 at Bryn Mawr College in the United States.

Ru-Main, 09.08.2020 

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