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Yevtushenko Starts Visit in U.S. with Reading His ‘Babi Yar’ Poem

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, the Soviet Union’s most prominent modern poet, began a six-week visit in the United States last night with a reading at Queens College of "Babi Yar," his best-known poem, which condemns anti-Semitism and which is named for the ravine in Kiev where tens of thousands of Jews were killed by the Nazis.

Mr. Yevtushenko is scheduled to appear on Wednesday and Saturday at the 92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association in New York. During his visit to this country, the Soviet poet will also appear in Princeton, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago and Berkeley, Cal.