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John Kerry’s Favorite Poet



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Ah, Neruda, Ramesh. Here’s a poem by John Kerry’s favorite (a Stalin prizewinner, no less), written on the occasion of Uncle Joe’s death:

“To be men! That is the Stalinist law!


…We must learn from Stalin


his sincere intensity


his concrete clarity


…Stalin is the noon,


the maturity of man and the peoples.


Stalinists, Let us bear this title with pride.


…Stalinist workers, clerks, women


take care of this day!


The light has not vanished.


The fire has not disappeared,


There is only the growth of


Light, bread, fire and hope


In Stalin’s invincible time!


…In recent years the dove,


Peace, the wandering persecuted rose,


Found herself on his shoulders


And Stalin, the giant,


Carried at the heights of his forehead.

…A wave beats against the stones of the shore.


But Malenkov will continue his work.”




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