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poetsonline: You will hear thunder and remember me, and think: she wanted storms. — Anna Akhmatova

MercyOriabure: “If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up.” ― Anna Akhmatova

farahrosesmith: The fact that I can see Anna Akhmatova's profile in the cover art is prescient. Cover Art by Julie Blankenship

nesreeno: Anna Akhmatova, from Selected Poems; “Don’t Frighten Me,” c. October 1959

TheIndieHandbk: Finally had the presence of mind to load up a bunch of In Our Time podcasts before heading out on today's 5-hour drive. Danelaw, Bonhoeffer, Frankenstein, Anna Akhmatova, and The Four Quartets all cued up and ready to go.

Poem2Poem: I taught myself to live simply and wisely, / to look at the sky and pray to God, - Anna Akhmatova

Fare_Disfare: "I am in the middle of it: chaos and poetry; poetry and love and again, complete chaos. Pain, disorder, occasional clarity; and at the bottom of it all: only love; poetry. Sheer enchantment, fear, humiliation. It all comes with love." Anna Akhmatova

uhume: No other looked into her secret eyes. Nobody dared. ~Anna Akhmatova [unknown woman, late 19th century]

Jacq_Of_Spades: It was a time when only the dead smiled, happy in their peace. -Anna Akhmatova

ARTSalamode: Born 6/11: painter John Constable, photog Julia Margaret Cameron, writers Ben Johnson, Yasunari Kawabata, William Styron, Athol Fugard, Anna Akhmatova, jazz drums Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Bernard Purdue, jazz composer Lennie Niehaus, mezzo-soprano Rise Stevens.

ARTSalamode: “You will hear thunder and remember me, And think: she wanted storms. The rim Of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson, And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.” Anna Akhmatova

AnneLouiseAvery: In 1911, Anna Akhmatova & Modigliani fell in love in Paris. He drew her feverishly & they became inseparable.“When it rained...[he] took with him a huge old black umbrella. We would sit together under this umbrella on a bench in the Jardin du Luxembourg...[reciting] Verlaine."

ilya_poet: "I don't speak to anyone for a week. I just sit on a stone by the sea." –Anna Akhmatova

HalynaMynyk: I asked: "what do you want?" He said: "to be with you in hell" Anna Akhmatova

chayab77: Anna Akhmatova. Rest in power. Requiem was published abroad (tamizdat) during Akhmatova’s lifetime, but not in her home country, where the poem continued to circulate underground.

Poem2Poem: I taught myself to live simply and wisely, / to look at the sky and pray to God, - Anna Akhmatova

JillNicholls01: ‘I am not yet cured of happiness’ -Anna Akhmatova; I came across that line & liked it. Today I heard Alexander Baron say in a postwar letter to a friend that walking the streets, seeing the skies, was ‘a reminder that humanity still clings to its capacity for happiness’

wooglooskr: These foreign reporters are the same immortal kind of idiot that would question Anna Akhmatova or Shostakovich at a public press conference in Moscow what they think about the latest decree from the Party denouncing their art...

thepuritan: "If there is flesh behind her lips, it’s sealed by the salt of years and the spasms of things never written down." — THE STATUE OF ANNA AKHMATOVA by Barry Dempster in Issue (45): Spring 2019

Poem2Poem: I taught myself to live simply and wisely, / to look at the sky and pray to God, - Anna Akhmatova

rabihalameddine: This was the poem of the day five years ago: The Muse by Anna Akhmatova

chenchenwrites: Sunset in the ethereal waves: I cannot tell if the day is ending, or the world, or if the secret of secrets is inside me again. —Anna Akhmatova

aquotebot: “I am more iron than they.” –Anna Akhmatova

BOTOXLUVR: Reading Anna Akhmatova and listening to the wind

Anniecf412: "Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life." - Anna Akhmatova

Poem2Poem: I taught myself to live simply and wisely, / to look at the sky and pray to God, - Anna Akhmatova

FelwaAlhudaithy: "I went out to look at the moon." Anna Akhmatova, tr. by Judith Hemschemeyer, from Poems; “Plantain”

battleborn_beth: if anna akhmatova's reqiuem doesn't appear on my russian lit exam i'm going to be furious. the last 5 years of my life has been gearing up to this moment --- my time to shine (both due to excitable sweat and the glow! of russian poetry)

LuvinLife_xo: “You dreamt of me, I knew, And hence I couldn’t sleep.” -Anna Akhmatova

yusi44liu: Support Madison's independent theatre with a summer time of the Great Terror in the USSR, please donate $$ to this! --> "Fermat's Last Theater Co. is going Russian this summer with our staged reading: Anna Akhmatova and the Engineers of the Human Soul."

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