The most active scene was at the Fantastic Tavern, however, which was owned by Acmeist
poet Yuri Degen and composer Sandro Korona.
This great Russian Jewish poet is remembered as a leader of the Acmeist
poetry movement, which sought to combine clear, accessible verse with the imagery of world mythology.
Petersburg (1911) at the Bashnia and that same year the Acmeist
poet Gumilev brought his young wife Anna Akhmatova to read her early poems.
He also notes that Mekas's lack of poetic devices resembles the Russian acmeist
position versus Russian symbolism and its foggy deformation of reality.
Although he is a contemporary of Alexander Kushner and Joseph Brodsky--members of the circle of Akhmatova, who have carried forward the Acmeist
agenda of formal and semantic clarity--Sosnora continues a different, experimental side of the Petersburg poetic tradition.
Both critics were writing about Nadezhda Mandelstam's Hope Against Hope, published in 1970, but recounting the central years of the life of her husband, Osip Mandelstam, the famous Imagist poet (called Acmeist
in Russia) whom she followed into internal exile for several years until his execution by Stalin in 1938.
A great admirer of the Acmeist
poets Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam, Kushner worked to bridge the awful chasm that separated Soviet Russia from its past and to make the poetic values of the Silver Age relevant to contemporary experience.