Throughout mankind's history, the raven has been, if nothing else, an intriguing specimen. Ravens are scavengers, and like all scavengers, a raven will try to live by doing as little work as he possibly can and is, in other words, intelligent but lazy - by munching on roadkill, ravens will often display a profound lack of taste. Certain cultures believe that the raven is a trickster with the power to change from animal to man - an important ability among ravens and charlatans alike. And, perhaps most impressively (but mostly because it's true), the raven seems to enjoy imitating whatever it is that he sees and hears. Being a bird, these imitations are usually not all that impressive; the raven just wants to pretend to be something that its not.
It is therefore only fitting that Pavel Chichikov would choose the image of a raven for the cover of his latest book of poetry.
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