Tuesday, May 2, 2017

“After Anna Akhmatova" by Cynthia Zarin

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May 2, 2017

After Anna Akhmatova

Cynthia Zarin

About This Poem


"As so many of us are, I've been thinking about the current predicament in which we find ourselves. How to respond? I thought of Anna Akhmatova's poem 'Requiem,' and the story of the woman who whispered to her, as she waited in the prison-visitors line, in Leningrad, 'Can you describe this?' The poem is an homage."
—Cynthia Zarin


Cynthia Zarin is the author of Orbit (Knopf, 2017). She lives in New York City and teaches at Yale University.


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(Knopf, 2017)

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