Anna Akmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva, and Uli Zislin

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Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva will be the subject of a poetry discussion sponsored by Russian Heritage on Friday, October 29 at 4pm at the Russian American Club (2920 Beach Blvd.) in Gulfport. Free admission. Refreshments will be served. The presentation and discussion will be in English, led by Professors Bill Parsons of Eckerd College and Victor Peppard of USF. We will hear examples of poetry and singing in both English and Russian.

Most people interested in Russian literature and the culture of the twentieth century are familiar with the names Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva, even if they have not read many of their literary works. They are considered two of the most talented writers of the century and they both experienced much suffering as artists and individuals in this tumultuous century.

Uli Zislin is a bard who loves to compose songs on the lyrics of Russian poets (including his own original poems). He now lives in Washington, D.C. where he has created a Museum of Russian Poetry and a “walk of fame” for nineteenth and twentieth century Russian poets and composers. We will examine his recent book comparing the lives and works of Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva.

Those interested in taking an active part in this program may call 727-867-9148. All are welcome to come to learn more about these remarkable women.

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