“I don’t know which Russian language textbooks should be bought for ‘this’ US administration, but for the ‘last one’ it would be best to get a little volume of Vladimir Vladimirovich [Mayakovsky]”

“In a Facebook post, [Ministry spokeswoman Maria] Zakharova said it was a mistake that Russia had not given the US state department under ex-President Barack Obama a collection of Mayakovsky poems.

“…Mayakovsky is still much-admired in Russia for his poetry and avant-garde Socialist realist posters.

“He made searing criticisms of the US after touring North America in 1925, comparing its cultural diversity to the Tower of Babel.

“‘I don’t know which Russian language textbooks should be bought for ‘this’ US administration, but for the ‘last one’ it would be best to get a little volume of Vladimir Vladimirovich [Mayakovsky], on the eve of the 1917 centenary,’ Ms Zakharova wrote.”

Americans should learn Russian to influence Trump, Kerry saysBBC News – 5/25/17

Find poems by Mayakovsky here:

Marxists Internet Archive

Poetry Foundation

Poem Hunter

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