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Seila Rizvic

12 Dec Seila Rizvic

STALIN AT 23

 

you would hope that you could look at someone’s face
and see if they were evil
but mostly
stalin at 23 
just looks like an asshole

if one of my friends was dating stalin at 23
i’m sure he’d be unbearable at parties

he’d tell you all about
how he got accepted to tiflis spiritual seminary
‘which is like
the top spiritual seminary
in tiflis’

then he’d take a swig of pabst
’
the beer of the proletariat’
and ramble on about revolutionary marxism
like a jerk

he would definitely interrupt you when you talked
and get frat boy drunk
and be rude to his girlfriend

the night that stalin’s second wife died
they had a fight
at a dinner party
she was later found in her room
dying by suicide
or maybe murder

 


Seila Rizvic’s work has appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine and Balkanist Magazine. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Toronto studying European and Russian Affairs, and is working on a book of poetry about Stalin.

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