I am in the middle of it: chaos and poetry; poetry and love and again, complete chaos. Pain, disorder, occasional clarity; and at the bottom of it all: only love; poetry. Sheer enchantment, fear, humiliation. It all comes with love. — Anna Akhmatova, The Akhmatova Journals, Volume I: 1938-1941 (Farrar Straus & Giroux (T); 1st American ed edition March 1994) Originally published December 1st 1980.