Birth date: 
1872
Death date: 
1936
Birth town: 
Country: 
Russia

Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin (1872–1936) was a symbolist poet, prose writer, and playwright. Openly gay, he wrote the first celebrations of gay themes in Russian literature, and the first Russian coming-out novel, Wings (1907), in which a young man learns to accept his sexuality, which makes him feel as if he has grown wings. Kuzmin too was a poet who mined his own biography, incorporating its associations and events in his poem-cycles.

As censorship tightened and ideological wars raged in proletarian literature, Kuzmin's diary (1906-1934) chronicled a life lived through sexuality, art and contemplation of the everyday. His finest autobiographical poem cycle, The Trout Breaks through the Ice (published in 1928) demonstrated the muscularity and range of his mature voice, and evoked a reply from Anna Akhmatova, her famous Poem without a Hero.

Mikhail Kuzmin died on March 1, 1936 of pneumonia.

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Artesian Well 31 July 2013
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Fuji In A Saucer The Poem 31 July 2013
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I Am Leaving Alexandria 31 July 2013
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I Gather Motley Flowers 31 July 2013
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May Dew 31 July 2013
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Music 31 July 2013
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My Groom And Friend 31 July 2013
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Sun, Sun 31 July 2013
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The Sense Of Your Bidding 31 July 2013
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We Were Four Sisters 31 July 2013
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