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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

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How would you react
to an anonymous lampoon
awarding you the title,
Deputy Grand Master of the Order of Cuckolds?
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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.
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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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2nd XMAS CAROL TO THE EXPAT LITERATI x Arturo Desimone


Second Christmas Carol to the Amsterdam Aglo-Expat Literati + artistic collaboration with Japanese-Amsterdam photographer Shinji Otani!

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