campaign against akhmatova begins (1922)
She ran from lamppost to lamppost, the wind slammed.
Trotsky reviewed her in Pravda: One reads with dismay…
and an unofficial Communist Party resolution banned her poetry (1925).
She didn’t notice, didn’t know what a Communist Party was in those days.
Fog choked the city.
Russia’s great poets were all about 35 years old
Scraggly trees wandered by the canal in dim sun.