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November 14, 1986 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-11-14

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as he examined several
photographs of the grave
site during a recent talk at
his dacha in Peredelkino,
the writer's colony outside
Moscow.
"The Ditch," begins with
an account of the massacre
by the taxi driver, who
was a boy during the war.
"I was 10 years old at
the time and we used to
run down there to watch
people being shot," the
taxi driver told Mr. Voz-
nesensky.
The driver added, They
brought them in covered
trucks. They were stripped
down to their underwear.
An antitank ditch ran right
from the highway and just
at this ditch they were
using machine guns to
shoot people."
Voznesensky's poem pro-
testing the horrible tragedy
is appropriately entitled The
Ditch." The introduction to it
is deeply moving. It is a poe-
tic expression of outrage in
which he declares:
I address my readers
skulls:
Has our reasoning really
exhausted itself?
We are standing, looking
over the steppe.
The Crimea raises dust on
the highway.
Beneath my scalp, the
skull shudders.
Nearby — a black
Smoke-colored mushroom.
It composed its grin from
the impact of a fist.
I felt
Some sort of secret link —
As if I were drawn into a
conversation
That was extended out
from us
Toward appliances
without eyes,
Like cordless telephones.
"Maria Lvovna, hello."
"Mama, we have found
ourselves ..."
"It's a storm again, cosmic
interference ..."
"Are you better,
Alexander? — Not
good, Fyodor
Kuzmich."
"This is just like
Hitchcock's kitsch."
Skulls. Tamerlane. Do not
unseal the graves.
A war will spread out of
there.
Don't cut into the spiritual
spores
With your spades.
Something more terrible
than the plaque will
crawl out of there.
The Simferopol trial was
not ended.
Has the link between eras
broken?
A psychiatrist to the
assembly hall.
How to turn back this
soulless process.
That I arbitrarily called
"Greed"?
So, what the hell, you are a
poet, "the people's
voice,"
Why have you opened your
mouth?

Before 20,000 pairs of eyes
Do something and don't
just talk nonsense.
Police won't help.
Look, oh my country,
A mother cries for her son
in the trenches.
The surrounding air is
terrible,
The ecology of the soul is
worse.
Wherever I go,
Whatever I read,
I am always walking
toward the Simferopol
ditch.
And black, the skulls float
by black,
Like an eclipse of white
minds.
And when I perform at
Luzhniki,
Now every time
I will see the demanding
eyeballs,
Twelve-thousand pair of
eyes.
Indeed, "Has our reasoning
really exhausted itself?" A
Russian rises to great
heights, into nobility with
what he has achieved with
his expose of another of the
horribly devastating
Holocaust memories. He, too,
contributes to the outcry:
"Never forget!"

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