World: A Tomb with a Telephone

Verse is not the usual medium through which Russia's masters express themselves, but last week an obvious political hint was to be found in a poem.

Some Westerners believe that things must be made "easier" for Khrushchev by the West if he is not to fall prey to neo-Stalinist reactionaries. Moscow often seems eager to encourage this view, even though officially it has pronounced Stalinism as dead as Old Joe himself. Since early this year, Poet Evgeny Evtushenko (TIME cover, April 13), most popular spokesman of Russia's restive younger generation, has recited for...

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