The Thaw Generation
Chapter 5 Dmitry Bobyshev 233
Chapter 5 Dmitry Bobyshev Dmitry Bobyshev came from a well-to-do family in Leningrad: his step- father was a naval engineer, and the family lived in a spacious and elegant flat on Tauride Street (Tavricheskaia ulitsa). He did reasonably well at school, and, in 1953, went on to study Chemical Engineering at the Lensoviet Technological Institute. He does not seem to have had any real enthu- siasm for his subject. Instead, soon after entering the institute, he began to develop an interest in poetry, found like-minded friends Evgeny Rein and Anatoly Naiman, and participated in the readings, poetry competi- tions, and various LITOs described in chapters one and two. In 1960, he graduated, married his first wife Natal'ya, and began his first job at a closed institute where research was carried out into the materials for the H-bomb. By this time, he had become well known in poetry circles in Leningrad, and his work was circulating in samizdat. Bobyshev’s work was included in Aleksandr Ginzburg’s Sintaksis No. 3 (Syntax No. 3), along with some of his poet-friends Rein, Eremin, Uflyand, and Brodsky. None of the early poems from Sintaksis are included in Bobyshev’s published collections, nor were they published officially; the audience of friends and acquaintances in the poetry circles of Leningrad formed his early readership. Clearly, the friendships with poets and participation in Leningrad poetry circles in the early 1960s were important because they nurtured Bobyshev’s interest in poetry. In 1963, however, he became separated from much of this world...
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