POW! PERSON OF THE WEEK (immigrant related) Joseph Aleksandrovich Brodsky (1940-1996) born in Leningrad, Brodsky left school at the age of fifteen, taking jobs in a morgue, a mill, a ship's boiler room, and a geological expedition. During this time he taught himself English and Polish and began writing poetry. His writings were apolitical. In 1963 he was arrested by the Soviet Authorities, from March 1964 until November 1965, Brodsky lived in exile in northern Russia; he had been sentenced to five years in exile at hard labor for “social parasitism,” but did not serve out his term. In 1980 Brodsky came to the U.S. and lived in Brooklyn and Massachusetts.  He was Poet-in-Residence and Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, Queens College, Smith College, Columbia University, and Cambridge University in England. He was a College Professor of Literature at Mount Holyoke College. In 1981, Brodsky was a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s award for his works of “genius” and in 1987 he became the fifth Russian-born writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature. At an interview in Stockholm to a question: “You are an American citizen who is receiving the Prize for Russian-language poetry. Who are you, an American or a Russian?” – he responded: “I am Jewish.”  In 1991, Brodsky became Poet Laureate of the United States. Celebrated as the greatest Russian poet of his generation, Brodsky authored nine volumes of poetry, as well as several collections of essays,

Brodsky Quotes: It would be enough for me to have the system of a jury of twelve versus the system of one judge as a basis for preferring the U.S. to the Soviet Union. I would prefer the country you can leave to the country you cannot.”  
“Man is what he reads. It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.”