Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin (1872 - 1936 / Russia)
Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin (1872–1936) was a symbolist poet, prose writer, and playwright. Openly gay, he wrote the first celebrations of gay themes in Russian literature, and the first Russian coming-out novel, Wings (1907), in which a young man learns to accept his sexuality, which makes him feel as if he has grown wings. Kuzmin too was a poet who mined his own biography, incorporating its associations and events in his poem-cycles.
As censorship tightened and ideological wars raged in proletarian literature, Kuzmin's diary (1906-1934) chronicled a life lived through sexuality, art and contemplation of the everyday. His finest autobiographical poem cycle, The Trout Breaks ... more »
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- Artesian Well
- Fuji In A Saucer: The Poem
- I Am Leaving Alexandria
- I Gather Motley Flowers
- May Dew
- My Groom And Friend
- Sun, Sun
- The Sense Of Your Bidding
- We Were Four Sisters
- When Someone Says: "Alexandria"
- Where Will I Find Words