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On Twitter


I am not a refugee from

Twitter though I’ve tried it and it sucks.

Besides, Twitter’s run by an evil critter.

And I don’t want Twitter, not for a billion bucks.



A Poem about Twitter

Related stuff:

A Poem about Facebook




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Russian Commerce Agency

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Search engines:

Yandex – the best search engine for searches in Russian (and the best overall image search engine, in any language, anywhere)

Qwant – the best search engine for searches in French, German as well as Romance and Germanic languages.

Ecosia – a search engine that supposedly… plants trees

Duckduckgo – the real alternative and a search engine that actually works. Without much censorship or partisan politics.

Yahoo– yes, it’s still around, amazingly, miraculously, incredibly, but now it seems to be powered by Bing.

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Medical Ethics

Medical Ethics
Medical Ethnics. Photograph from this blog


Is Doctor’s duty to tell his patient truth?

Should doctors never lie?

That truth is really of no use

If it makes poor patient die.


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A Poem about Facebook by Fledermaus


Facebook is neither a book nor a face
Facebook is type of a disease
A plague of sorts, and a disgrace
A vast cesspool of filth and sleaze

Facebook is a defeat of human spirit
Facebook deprives you of your face
Of soul, of dignity, of feelings
It is a curse upon the human race

Facebook is a misinformation pool
Where the Deep State’s evil censors dwell
Facebook is the refuge of a fool
With intelligence of a dead sperm cell

Facebook is run by the Satanic tribe
Its denizens are also a mad crowd
And it’s not easy to describe
Its harm (besides it’s not allowed)

Protect yourself and save your kids
And stay away from Facebook
Don’t pay for Evil’s nasty deeds
Don’t be a victim on the hook



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Facebook poem. Facebook poetry and poetry about Facebook, in a way a rare genre but here is a specimen of it.  What is it, the meaning of it, the use of it, if any. What role Facebook plays in your life? None in mine.


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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

In Memoriam


You were not human.
You were better.
Your gaze is unforgettable.
What’s left is sorrow. Pain.
This all happened so suddenly
It feels so numb. So hollow
Of all the questions in the universe
The only one that matters is


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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift


A Poem about Taylor Swift

Despite her name
She sews no clothes
And that’s a real shame
We’d like to expose…

Her goods without a dress
So who’s she? You’d tell
She is no humble seamstress
She’s got a lot of clientele

Not Gulliver’s creator
Not Lilliputians’ father
And not an Irish painter
With others we won’t bother

She is a country singer
Her country sounds like pop
She acts quite like a swinger
She looks like a lollipop

She’s popular like hell
In spite of all the kitsch
She’s smarter than a sperm cell
Besides, we like the bitch



End of the Poem about Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift’s Web Site


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Taylor Swift. A poem about Taylor Swift. Here is everything about Taylor Swift and then some more, told succinctly and in verse, as well as a secret that you wanted to know.

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Parallel translations, the parallel world of translating poetry 



Poetry in Russian (you’d have to select Russian in the language switch area, otherwise you won’t be able to read poems in Russian)


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Light and Darkness

Light and Darkness

Light is light, and darkness’s dark 

Until it’s pierced by an unexpected spark 

And then in an explosion of delight 

We see how hapless darkness turns to light.

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Poetic Abbreviations, Poetry Abbreviations


Poetic Abbreviations, Poetry Abbreviations
Riddle Me This Batman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1987
Poetic Abbreviations

In the course of working on this page, I encountered a number of abbreviations, most of them, predictably enough, British, which I had to decipher. I am going to list those abbreviations and acronyms one by one, as they appear, so this may take a while before, if ever, the list is complete. Most of them pertain to assorted awards, clubs, leagues, fellowships, membership categories, and honorary titles.

ABPA – Australian Bush Poets Association 

CBE — Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

CH — Order of the Companions of Honour

CPITS — California Poets in the Schools

ELMCP – Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice — 1

FFDSP — Fédération Française de Slam Poésie

FRSL — A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature 

LCP —  League of Canadian Poets 

LPS —  The Live Poets Society

NSPP —  National Student Poets Program 

RSL — The Royal Society of Literature

UPLI — United Poets Laureate International 

WCP —  World Congress of Poets

WPS —   World Poets Society


  1. the stuff is so both cryptic and bizarre, it not merely beyond comprehension, but I reckon that no one hoping to remain sane should even make an attempt at comprehending the officious gobbledygook.  The abbreviation is official, not something that I made up[]
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There’s one letter difference between
Beating children and eating children
So, feed them well to make them fatter
Then, before you start to batter
Coat them well in heavy batter
Frying them without the latter
May by some folks viewed as a sin.


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An Invitation

An Invitation

An Invitation

Dear Mouse,

The cat first wrote the heading of the letter,
And then continued
You are most cordially invited
To the cocktail party,
and then still be better
We’ll have fondue and crackers
Oh dear, you must excited!
And then we’ll be heading for beheading
Right at the house
My dear mouse!



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Поэты. Авторы на русском. Répétition du "Joueur de flûte" et de "La femme de Diomède" chez le prince Napoléon
Poets. Répétition du “Joueur de flûte” et de “La femme de Diomède” chez le prince Napoléon, Boulanger Gustave Clarence Rodolphe (1824-1888). Versailles, Château de Versailles et de Trianon. MV5614


This growing section contains notes of biographical nature. These are extra brief biographies of poets. These notes are used in the so-called author boxes below the author’s avatar and, when at least partially complete, they will appear as a separate page.



Crowley, English

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was an English poet and satanist, also an occultist, ceremonial magician, painter, novelist, and mount climber. He founded the religion of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus.


Dahl, British, Welsh, English

Roald Dahl ( 1916 – 1990) was a British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and wartime fighter pilot. His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children’s books for their unsentimental, often very dark humour.

Derwent-Hope, Australian

Alec Derwent-Hope (1907–2000) was an Australian poet and essayist known for his satirical slant. He was also a critic, teacher and academic.

Dobrolybov, Russian

Alexander Dobrolyubov (1876-1945) Russian symbolist poet, from a middle noble family, closer to the upper stratum of Russian society, known not so much for his poetry as for his way of life. The most audacious of the early decadent life-builders: “he behaved like a priest, smoked opium, lived in a black room, etc.; then went” to the people “, founded a sect; at the end of his life he almost forgot how to write correctly, in the 1930s he was forgotten by all, but still made attempts to get published.



Gabriac, Russian

Elisabeth or Elizaveta Ivanovna Dmitrieva (married as Vasilyeva) (1887 – 1928) was a Russian poet, better known under her literary pseudonym-hoax Cherubina de Gabriac (or Gabriak)

Glazkov,  Russian

Nikolai Ivanovich Glazkov (1919-1979), the name may be misspelled as Nikolay by post-Soviet Soviet translators, Glaskow, Glaskoff, was a Russian and Soviet author and translated as well as a talented poet. Glazkov is unusual, nonconformist, subtle, intelligent, quite “on the verge”, even more Russian than Soviet, even though his life came during the era of the Bolshevik yoke, his father was a victim of the regime and Nikolai Glazkov never attained official recognition despite or perhaps because of the subtle mocking brilliance of his verse.



Huxley, English

Aldous Leonard Huxley (1894 – 1963) is an English writer and philosopher. He wrote nearly fifty books—both novels and non-fiction works—as well as wide-ranging essays, narratives, and poems.



Koni, Russian


Theodore Koni, also rendered pseudophonetically as Fyodor Alekseevich Koni (1809-1879) was a Russian playwright, poet, drama critic, memoirist, translator, theater historian, teacher, and poet. He was the father of perhaps the most famous jurist, lawyer, and judge of the 19th century Russia, as well as an essayist, Anatole (Anatoli, Anatoly) Koni ( 1844 – 1927).



Khodasevich (Chodasiewicz), Russian

Vsevolod Khodasevich (Chodasiewicz, 1876-1945), born into an impoverished noble family, in Moscow, a Russian poet and translator. Kodasevich also acted as a literary critic, memoirist and historian of literature, a great connoisseur of Pushkin’s work. Khodasevich is undoubtedly one of the greatest Russian poets of all time.


Larkin, English

Philip Arthur Larkin (1922-1985), Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Cavalier of the Order of the Companions of Honour, was an English poet, novelist, and librarian.

Lorca, Spanish

Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) was a celebrated Spanish writer, known for his poems and plays, mainly the famous ‘Romancero Gitano’. He has also written other well-known poems like ‘Seis poemas gallegos’, ‘Quimera’, and ‘Libro de poemas’. His plays are also quite famous, some of them being, ‘El maleficio de la mariposa’, ‘Retablillo de Don Cristóbal’, and of course ‘La zapatera prodigiosa’. This Spanish poet and playwright created quite a stir during his lifetime, owing to his public acceptance of being a homosexual. His relationship with the famous surreal artist Salvador Dalí was a topic of constant speculation. He was also known for his socialist views. When this renowned writer was assassinated, his murder gave rise to a lot of conjectures. Most believe that he was murdered because of his connection with the Marxist Popular Front. Despite all speculations, he is remembered today as one of the finest writers that Spain has ever produced.


Marshak  (Marszak, Marchac),  Soviet

Samuil Marshak, Marszak (1887-1964), was born on October 22 (November 3), 1887 in Voronezh in the Chizhovka settlement into a Jewish family of migrants from outside the Pale of Settlement. His father, Yakov Mironovich Marshak (1855-1924), a native of Koydanov, worked as a foreman at the Mikhailov brothers’ soap factory; mother – Evgenia Borisovna Gitelson (1867-1917), a native of Vitebsk – was a housewife. Marshak is a major Jewish author, poetry writer for Russian-speaking Soviet youth and a propagandist in the service of Bolshevism with wide recognition of the official and nomenklatura authorities – a laureate of as many as four Stalin Prizes.




Violet Nicolson ( 1865 – 1904); otherwise known as Adela Florence Nicolson (née Cory), was an English poetess who wrote under the pseudonym of Laurence Hope, however she became known as Violet Nicolson. In the early 1900s, she became a best-selling author. She committed suicide and is buried in Madras, now Chennai, India.




Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744) was a a post-Restoration English poet and satirist. He is a poet of the (British) Augustan period and one of its greatest artistic exponents.

Pushkin (Pooshkin, Pouchkine)

Alexander Pushkin (1799-1937) was a Russian poet, playwright and prose writer, founder of the realistic trend in Russian literature, literary critic and theorist of literature, historian, publicist, journalist; one of the most important cultural figures in Russia in the first third of the 19th century.




René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke ( 1875 – 1926). an Austrian poet and novelist of great influence, he was born in Prague, a city in the Austrian Empire now occupied by the ethnofascist Czech statelet. Rilke’s command of the German language is brilliant, both his prose and poems are intensely lyrical and some believe that his work is infused with mysticism.




David Samoilov (real name – David Samuilovich Kaufman; Kaufmann, June 1, 1920, Moscow – February 23, 1990, Tallinn, the real name of the city is Revel or Reval) – Russian and Soviet poet and translator. One of the largest representatives of the generation of poets who left the student’s bench for the front.

Shakespeare, English

William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded, some say unjustly, as the greatest writer in the English language and, at least in the Anglophone world, as the world’s greatest dramatist.


Tasso, Italian

Torquato Tasso was an Italian poet of the 16th century, known for his 1591 poem Gerusalemme liberata, in which he depicts a highly imaginative version of the combats between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade, during the Siege of Jerusalem of 1099

Tessimond, English

Arthur Seymour John Tessimond (1902 -1962) was an English poet. He had a tumultuous childhood, ran from boarding school, went to work, somehow attended the University of Liverpool, avoided service in WWI and then discovered that he is unfit for military service after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which in those days was known as manic depression. A.S. Tessimond is a wonderful though maybe somewhat underappreciated poet. He died from in 1962 from a brain haemorrhage.

Turgenev, Russian

Ivan Turgenev, Toorgeneff, Tourgeneff, Tourgheniev (1818-1883) Russian realist writer, poet, publicist, playwright, and translator. One of the classics of Russian literature, who made the most significant contribution to its development in the second half of the 19th century. A Member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences.


Wheatley, American, African, English

Phillis Wheatley (1753-84), a negro poetess, also an American poet or Afro-American poet, and an English Colonial poet, . She was born in Africa (in Gambia or Senegal) and was aptured by slave traders at the age of eight, she was sold to a family living in Boston, Mass., whose name she bears. While serving as a maid-servant to her proprietor’s wife, she showed an unusual facility with languages. She began writing poetry at the age of thirteen, using as models British poets of the time, especially Alexander Pope and Thomas Gray). In 1773 she accompanied a member of the Wheatley family to England, where she gained widespread attention in literary circles. She subsequently returned to Boston. Her best-known poems are “To the University of Cambridge in New England” (1767), In all honestly Phillis Wheatley should rather be considered English than an Afro-American poet but the exact classification of who she was would depend on the political and cultural views, and biases, of the “classifier.




Zhukovsky Vasily Andreevich, Basil Zhukovskii (1783 – 1852), Joukovsky, Joukoffsky, Shukowski – the great Russian poet and translator. Born in the Tula province, the village of Mishenskoye. Zhukovsky received his education first in a private boarding school, and later in the Tula public school. He edited the journal “Vestnik Evropy” (Europe’s Herald or The Herald of Europe). In 1815, the poet began his court service, which lasted more than twenty-five years. At this time, the author writes such famous works as “The Twelve Sleeping Virgins” and “Aeolian Harp”. Zhukovsky married when he was fifty-eight years old, his bride, a twenty-year-old Elizabeth, was the daughter of his good friend. He died in Germany, and after his death the remains of the poet were transported to St. Petersburg, where he is buried.