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Bella Akhmadulina
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    (April 10, 1937-November 29, 2010)
    Born in Moscow, Russia
    Poetry collections include 'The String' (1962), 'Fever' (1968), 'Music Lessons' (1969), 'The Candle' (1977), 'Dreams of Georgia' (1979), 'The Secret' (1983), 'The Garden' (1987), 'The Coast' (1991), 'Casket and Key' (1994), 'My Own Verses' (1995) and 'One Day in December' (1996)
    Her mother was a KGB major.
    She was married four times, divorced three times.
    She said she could not remember her first marriage, to fellow poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
    She was expelled from the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute for supporting Boris Pasternak.
    She was expelled from the Soviet Writers Union because her poetry was too 'emotional' and 'sensual.'
    She said, 'There is only one honorable reason for writing poetry: you can't do without it. When a young person comes to ask me, 'Should I, should I not, write poetry?' I say, 'If there's a choice, don't.''
    Joseph Brodsky said she was 'one of the few Russian poets living in Russia who by some miracle have succeeded in preserving their purity, conscience and independence.'

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