Flowers and Bullets & Freedom to Kill

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Title

Flowers and Bullets & Freedom to Kill

Subject

Literature, Political Tensions

Description

Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s two poems in this small book use two individual deaths to address political tensions in the United States. In “Freedom to Kill,” about Kennedy’s assassination, he warns, “You shoot yourself, America. In “Flowers and Bullets,” about the shooting death of Alison Krause at Kent State by the National Guard, he invokes the natural world to rise up against man-made weapons. This version of "Freedom to Kill" is Ferlinghetti’s adaptation of a literal translation published in the New York Times.

Creator

Poems by Yevgeny Yevtushenko; English versions by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Anthony Kahn

Publisher

City Lights Books

Date

1970

Contributor

Book Club of California Library

Rights

Photo credit: Kevin Kosik

Citation

Poems by Yevgeny Yevtushenko; English versions by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Anthony Kahn, “Flowers and Bullets & Freedom to Kill,” Book Club of California, accessed November 27, 2021, https://bccbooks.omeka.net/items/show/48.