Mayakovsky Square, Moscow

by wiggs66

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A hundred suns the sunset fired, / into July summer shunted / it was so hot, / even heat perspired- / it happened in the country. 

(‘An Extraordinary Adventure which Happened to Me’ – Vladimir Mayakovsky)

From the moment of its unveiling in July 1958, Mayakovsky’s monument in Mayakovsky Square became the gathering place for spontaneous poetry readings and other expressions of post-Stalin political and cultural dissent. I stumbled upon the statue on a sweltering day on my way to meet a significant cat at Mikhail Bulgakov’s house, which happens to be just up the street…

More about the gatherings here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayakovsky_Square_poetry_readings