Red Poets Society


Visitors to the Anna Akhmatova Museum, in the Southern Wing of the Sheremetevsky Palace, St. Petersburg, may have stumbled upon a small room dedicated to the writer Joseph Brodsky.


Brodsky (born in Leningrad, May 1940 – died in New York, 28 January 1996) ran afoul of the Soviet authorities in 1963. His poetry was denounced by a Leningrad newspaper as “pornographic and anti-Soviet” and he was expelled (“strongly advised” to emigrate) from the Soviet Union in 1972.


Brodsky settled in America with the help of W. H. Auden and other supporters. He taught thereafter at universities including Yale, Cambridge and Michigan.


Brodsky and Groma Kolibri


My Groma Kolibri


The young Brodsky met Anna Akhmatova, one of the Soviet Union’s leading poets,  in 1961. She encouraged his work, and would go on to become his mentor. In 1962, in Leningrad, Akhmatova introduced him to the artist Marina Basmanova, a young painter…

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