We live, but we do not feel the land beneath us,Ten steps away and our words cannot be heard.
"Stalin Epigram" (November 1933) (Russian: ?, ?...; English: "We live, not sensing our own country beneath us",) trans. A. S. Kline
Only in Russia poetry is respected – it gets people killed. Is there anywhere else where poetry is so common a motive for murder?Osip Mandelstam