Thursday, August 27, 2015

Romancing a poet

As for Mayakovsky, his infatuation had deepened when he discovered Tatiana's extraordinary knowledge of Russian poetry. Sitting with him at the various caf├ęs they frequented—La Coupole, Le Voltaire, La Rotonde, Le Danton, La Closerie des Lilas—she recited poetry by the hour. How could he not have been seduced when he heard her speak out the whole of his own "The Cloud in Trousers," some seven hundred lines long? 
Francine du Plessix Gray, Them: A Memoir of Parents (New York: Penguin Books, 2006), p. 56

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