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Alexander Pushkin Dies in a Duel by Charles Rammelkamp

While working on a series of poems I call ”Russian-Caribbean Requiem”

or ”Prelude to a Russian-Caribbean Requiem”, I stumbled upon the work of Rammelkamp, an American poet who is also writing a series of poems on Russian themes (not sure what I can  publicly divulge about his Russophile project from our correspondence.)

North of Oxford

pushkins_duel_with_danthes_atrist_a_naumov_b A. A. Naumov. Alexander Pushkin’s duel with Georges d’Anthès.
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Alexander Pushkin Dies in a Duel

How would you react
to an anonymous lampoon
awarding you the title,
Deputy Grand Master of the Order of Cuckolds?
We were sure it was the work of Baron d’Anthès.
He’d been sniffing around Pushkin’s wife
in Saint Petersburg society,
but to my knowledge,
the beautiful Natalia’d rejected him.
Married six years, four children,
Pushkin was as certain of her fidelity
as he was of d’Anthès’s mischief.
Sure, tongues wagged as they always will
when a stunning beauty’s involved –
some called Natalia Russia’s Helen of Troy,
and no denying she was a flirt.
She had so many admirers.
But the mock letter couldn’t be ignored,
and even though the Baron denied writing it –
and face it, it wasn’t exactly Eugene Onegin, 
the week after d’Anthès’s…

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