Who is Joseph Brodsky

Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky (/ˈbrɒdski/; Russian: Ио́сиф Алекса́ндрович Бро́дский [ɪˈosʲɪf ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvʲɪtɕ ˈbrotskʲɪj] (listen); 24 May 1940 – 28 January 1996) was a Russian and American poet and essayist.

Born in Leningrad in 1940, Brodsky ran afoul of Soviet authorities and was expelled ("strongly advised" to emigrate) from the Soviet Union in 1972, settling in the United States with the help of W. H. Auden and other supporters. He taught thereafter at Mount Holyoke College, and at universities including ...
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Joseph Brodsky Poems

  • Letters To The Roman Friend
    From Martial
    Now is windy and the waves are cresting over
    Fall is soon to come to change the place entirely.
    Change of colors moves me, Postum, even stronger ...
  • Bosnia Tune
    As you pour yourself a scotch
    Crush a roach or check your watch
    As your hands adjust your tie people die
    ...
  • Törnfallet
    There is a meadow in Sweden
    where I lie smitten,
    eyes stained with clouds'
    white ins and outs. ...
  • Seven Strophes
    I was but what you'd brush
    with your palm, what your leaning
    brow would hunch to in evening's
    raven-black hush. ...
  • Stone Villages
    The stone-built villages of England.
    A cathedral bottled in a pub window.
    Cows dispersed across fields.
    Monuments to kings. ...
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  • Parisreview: “if i had to live a different incarnation, i’d rather live in venice as a cat.” —joseph brodsky
  • Tj_kelleher: why are we arguing about stalingrad it was won when jude law sniped the talented mr ripley and then read hamlet down the pub with the ghost of joseph brodsky
  • Pendidikan4id: “there are worse crimes than burning books. one of them is not reading them.” ― joseph brodsky
  • Joseph_fasano_: "one of my teachers at columbia was joseph brodsky...and he said 'look,' he said, 'you americans, you are so naïve. you think evil is going to come into your houses wearing big black boots. it doesn’t come like that. look at the language. it begins in the language.'" - marie howe
  • Zmkc: judge: & who said that you were a poet? who included you among the ranks of the poets? brodsky: no one. & who included me among the ranks of the human race? joseph brodsky, russian poet, quoted by edward lucas
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The Little Black Boy
 by William Blake

My mother bore me in the southern wild,
And I am black, but O! my soul is white.
White as an angel is the English child:
But I am black as if bereav'd of light.

My mother taught me underneath a tree
And sitting down before the heat of day.
She took me on her lap and kissed me,
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