Sapphic Literature Podcast

Show Notes

Are you interested in LGBTQIA+ literature? Do you want to learn more about the less-known sapphic authors from different eras and corners of the world? Then, this podcast is perfect for you! Hosted by Veronika Sizova, the first episode of “Sapphic Literature” covers the life and work of Marina Tsvetaeva, an early-twentieth-century Russian poet. This episode also presents the reading of the first poem from her cycle, “Girlfriend,” dedicated to Sophia Parnok, and elaborates on the historical context of this publication, as well as the lyrical imagery that Tsvetaeva used in the poem. The listeners are welcome to participate in the poll and choose the author for the next episode!

Podcast Contents:

  • Introduction and Topic: 0:00 – 0:55
  • Podcast Outline: 0:55 – 1:08
  • Marina Tsvetaeva’s Biography: 1:09 – 3:08
  • Tsvetaeva’s Bisexuality and Romance with Sophia Parnok: 3:09 – 4:00
  • The Cycle “Girlfriend”: 4:00 – 5:15
  • My Translation of the Cycle “Girlfriend” (Part 1): 5:16-6:40
  • Historical Context Analysis: 6:40-7:35
  • Poetic Imagery Analysis: 7:35-8:55
  • Conclusion and Final Thanks: 8:55-10:00

Burgin, D. L. (1988). “After the Ball is Over: Sophia Parnok’s Creative Relationship with Marina Tsvetaeva.” The Russian Review47(4), 425-444. Retrieved 1 December 2021, from

Sizova, V. (2019) “My Translation of Marina Tsvetaeva’s Cycle “Girlfriend” – Part 1.” Retrieved 1 December 2021, from

Tsvetaeva, M., & Tolkacheva, E. V. (1968). Marina Tsvetaeva. Gallimard. Retrieved 1 December 2021, from

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