Brodsky with the help of his American friends escaped for USA in 1972 and never returned back. It seemed that he never had regrets about that - at home he was subjected to repressions and was promised for more if he would not express emigrate. Twice he was put to mental institutions, charged with social parasitism in 1964 and sentenced and sentenced for that to 5 years (though he spent only 18 month of the term due to the protests of the prominent cultural workers).
Image: Chilean writer
and poet Pablo Neruda, after being awarded the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Back in 2014, archivists were combing through poet Pablo
Neruda’s files when they came upon some previously unpublished works. Those
writings will soon be released in English in Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda.
One of the newly discovered poems was inspired by a visit to
the Soviet Union in the early 1960s. Neruda got to meet Soviet cosmonauts and
wrote a poem about space travel. Here’s an excerpt:
It occurs to me that the light was fresh then, that an unwinking star journeyed along cutting short and linking distances their faces unused to the awesome desolation, in pure space
That night was to decide if she and I were to be lovers. Under cover of darkness no one would see, you see. I bent over her, it’s the truth, and as I did, it’s the truth, I swear it, I said like a kindly parent: “Passion’s a precipice – so won’t you please move away? Move away, please!”