Books: The Yes & No of a Public Muse

YEVTUSHENKO POEMS by Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Bilingual Edition. Translated by Herbert Marshall. 191 pages. Duffon. $4.50.

The scenes recall the excitement that surrounded the incantatory recitals of Dylan Thomas. Crowds of youngsters usually scrounge for extra tickets, and in the auditoriums, rows of standees lean against the walls. Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 33, Russia's principal poet, has been touring the U.S. for four weeks, with stops at New York, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, while the latest collection of his verse is in the bookstores.

Audiences watch and listen agog as the big, blond, open-shirted Siberian submits to...

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