Mayakovsky and cleverness


A snippet on how the great revolutionary poet Mayakovsky dealt with post-revolutionary hecklers complaining that his work was too ‘clever’:

‘My comrades and I read your poems and didn’t understand anything.’

‘You must choose more clever comrades.’

In Michael Almereyda’s selection of writings by and about Mayakovsky, Night Wraps the Sky.

The portrait, is from MOMA’s Rodchenko exhibition. The tip came from Adam Thirlwell’s selection of ‘books of the year’.

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