Mayakovsky Square, Moscow
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: