Books: Belligerent Young Bard

ANTIWORLDS by Andrei Voznesensky; translated by W. H. Auden, Richard Wilbur, Stanley Kunitz and others. 120 pages. Basic Books. $4.95.

Poetry, like steam, is made under pressure. In Russia the pressure of totalitarian control on a rapidly enlarging spirit of freedom keeps poetry hissing-hot. Evgeny Evtushenko first blew his stack back in 1957, and since then vigorous young poets have come geysering out of the masses with a frequency alarming to the Soviet regime.

One of these belligerent young bards, 33-year-old Andrei Voznesensky, now rivals Evtushenko in popularity. His latest volume of verse ran up...

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