The Trials of Joseph Brodsky

  • Judge: What is your profession?
  • Brodsky: Poet. Poet and translator.
  • Judge: Who said you were a poet? Who assigned you that rank?
  • Brodsky: No one. (Nonconfrontational.) Who assigned me to the human race?
  • FJP: In 1964, the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky was put on trial for being a "literary drone" who had no real work and was therefore a "parasite" on Soviet society. He was sentenced to five years exile from Leningrad with compulsory physical labor.
  • Source: Read more at the New Republic - http://bit.ly/KB6mR3
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