And the Russian language is arranged in such a wonderful way it’s like a kind of soft clay that was created especially for poems: we’ve got shifting stresses, we’ve got wonderful suffixes. It’s a very soft language. Take grammatical cases alone, or free word order within sentences: in our language, the subject can come at the very end, which doesn’t exist anywhere else. And it’s a shame that we’re moving over to vers libre, to free verse, and giving up on rhyme. I hope it doesn’t actually happen. Alexander Kushner, interview on Radio Liberty (April 2010; translation [by Jamie Olson])
If you’d like to hear a poem spoken in Russian, here’s a short poem by the poet Boris Ryzhy (starts at about 1:16):
Hat tip to the Language Hat blog.