Somewhere My Love is the themesong of the cinematique Dr. Zhivago (written by Boris Pasternak).
Boris Pasternak, as well as being a noted Poet/Author, translated the work of dissident Russian Poets into English. The book was banned in Russia for decades and he was coerced by the Soviet government into refusing the Nobel Prize for Literature (1958), his descendants later accepted the prize for him posthumously in 1988.
This epic love story unfolds in the midst of war. In the background of tumultuous love affair hearts is the years of World War I (1914 – 1918) and the Russian Revolution (1917). The story begins with Poet/Doctor Yuri Andreyevich Zhivago’s half-brother, KGB Lieutenant General Yavgraf Andreyevich Zhivago searching for the daughter of Zhivago and Larissa (Lara) Antipova, the story unfolds as he tells a young girl he has discovered, Tanya, about her family. Zhivago, doctor and Poet, is orphaned and brought up by friends of the family, he marries his cousin Tonya. Lara is involved in an unwanted affair with an older wealthy Victor Ipolitovich Kamarovsky. Lara has a political activist friend, Pavel Pavlovich (“Pasha”) who is in love with her. Because Kamarovsky has forced himself on her, Lara is humiliated and takes the pistol she has been hiding for Pasha and shoots Kamarovsky at a Christmas Eve party. He refuses to press charges and she is escorted from the party by Pasha. Kamarovsky’s wounds are tended by Zhivago. Although dismayed by her affair with Kamarovsky, Pasha marries Lara and they have a daughter Katya. World War I ensues and Pasha goes missing in action. Lara becomes a nurse, Zhivago a battlefield doctor. In 1917, the Russian Revolution unfolds, Lara and Zhivago run a field hospital, they fall in love but he remains true to his wife Tonya. On the wings of political change Vladimir Lenin comes to power in Moscow. Zhivago comes home to his wife and family to find their mansion settled into by the proletariat, although they still have a small apartment upstairs. Finding the violence against the old elite in Moscow disturbing they travel to their country estate, Varykino, in the Ural Mountains close by the town of Yuriatin. Travelling by train, their train is stopped and Zhivago meets “Pasha” who has reinvented himself as the brutal Strelnikov (perhaps partly due to his failed love affair with Lara), travelling Russia in his private train in the battle of the “Reds” and the “Whites” for the governance of Russia. He lets Zhivago go back to his family and his place on the neighbouring train. In Verykino, Zhivago and his family inhabit their cottage off the main estate, he makes trips into the local village of Yuriatin for supplies. In Yuriatin, he meets Lara again, who is running the local library. They begin a passionate affair, and he sees her on supply runs. He has a guilty conscience and tells Lara he will not see her again. On the way home to Verykino, he is absconded by a renegade army to become their military doctor, they threaten to shoot him if he leaves. Everything becomes debilitated in the Russian winter, the army does not have enough food or proper clothing, quietly Zhivago turns his horse around to head back to Yuriatin. He loses his horse and walks through the cold, half-dead he arrives at Lara’s apartment. She nurses him back to health and tells him Tonya and his family have emigrated to Paris. One night, out of the winter, Kamarovsky arrives to tell of Strelnikov being captured just outside of Yuriatin (perhaps looking for Lara) and taking his own life before being executed. Lara and her daughter by Zhivago, Tanya, move into 2 rooms of the Verykino ice house, where he, late at night, in the next room, writes poetry to Lara. Kamarovsky reappears, he says it is not safe and offers to take Lara and Tanya away and under his protection. Zhivago seems to have no choice in the matter and lets them go. While traveling with Kamarovsky, the daughter becomes separated from her mother. After the war and politics has settled, Lara with the help of Yevgraf looks through all the orphanages searching for her but does not find her. Zhivago ends up back in Moscow and his lifestory ends there, Lara is found in disfavour and exiled to Siberia. In the end there is the daughter who is a musician/artist, Tanya, discovered by Zhivago’s brother.
All Art is an obsession, what an Artist becomes obsessed by, they write/create about. In this way all violent events, unexpected deaths, loved ones are accounted for and honoured by the Local Artist, giving everyone due celebration and a cleansing and healing of the Community. The Angels/Spirit world drive the compulsion to create and honour an unexpected death to different Artists, not every Artist gets the same compulsion, so all events/tragedies/unexpected deaths are accounted for and duly celebrated in the cosmos by the Community of Local Artists. The violence of lost loved ones, displacement/immigration, the horrors of war, race relations, violent events, juxtaposed with the sweetness of peaceful existence, the homeland, flowers and found objects, bread and poetry.
The theme of Somewhere My Love Contest/Anthology is: Love and Peace and War.
Subterranean Blue Poetry is especially looking for Symbolist, Imagist and New Age Renaissance synergies in poetry. If the poetry “bangs in the dance” it’s in.
The winner of the Best Love and War poem receives a bottle of French Champagne + $100 and a place in the Anthology. The Second Runner-Up receives $50 + a place in the Anthology. The Third Runner-Up receives $25 + a place in the Anthology. All Honourable Mentions receive at least $10 (depending on Crowd Funding campaign) and a place in the Somewhere My Love Anthology.
The anthology will be available for purchase from Amazon Stations. Proceeds from the Anthology sale will be donated to The Open Door Mission a Drop-In Centre for Men and Women in Montreal.
The Anthology is international. There are no entry fees. A free ad. Please send a small (75 word) biography.
“for those subterranean blues”
Deadline: September 30th, 2017.
And the Winners Are: 1st Prize: Sepia our high faces by D.C. Reid, 2nd Prize: Bodies in Motion by Brendan McEntee, 3rd Prize: Post Scripts by Pd Lyons. Honourable Mentions: Zev Lawson Edwards, James Eret, Sergio A. Ortiz, Barry Charman, Howie Good, Norma Kerby, Wilika Asimont, Rebecca Anne Banks. Prize payouts and a bottle of French Champagne (for 1st Prize) should be winging its way to the winners by Christmas 2017. The anthology will be available for purchase from Amazon Stations, hopefully by Christmas, 2017. To all the Readers and Contributors to Somewhere My Love Contest/Anthology - Thank you for making Subterranean Blue Poetry incredible!
- Subterranean Blue Poetry