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Written by: Andrei Voznesensky | Biography
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 A poet can't be in disfavour, 
 he needs no awards, no fame. 
 A star has no setting whatever, 
 no black nor a golden frame. 

 A star can't be killed with a stone, or 
 award, or that kind of stuff. 
 He'll bear the blow of a fawner 
 lamenting he's not big enough. 

 What matters is music and fervour, 
 not fame, nor abuse, anyway. 
 World powers are out of favour 
 when poets turn them away. 

© Copyright Alec Vagapov's translation