Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko has died in the US aged 84 from a cardiac arrest.
I am conscious that these minutes are short
and that the colours in my eyes will vanish…
RIP Yevgeny #Yevtushenko pic.twitter.com/RShPwXalTZ— alexia (@akbned) April 1, 2017
He was the last of a wave of poets who came to prominence in the USSR in the 1960s. Yevtushenko championed greater freedom in artistic and literary expression, helping to bring about a move from political to aesthetic forms in post-Stalin Russia.
Perhaps Yevtushenko’s most renowned offering was the taboo-breaking epic, Babi Yar.
Remembering #BabiYar, how I learned about it through Yevtushenko’s poetry… https://t.co/dmrvWhTfAh— kelly miller (@bibezhik) September 29, 2016