National Geographic : 1992 Sep
On Assignment ST'oetry is life's blood to the Russian people," says Assis tant Editor MIKE EDWARDS (above, at left). "Out of the blue, they quote their own poems or, in a pinch, Pushkin's." His observation comes after a dozen visits to the for mer Soviet Union during his 20 years on the staff. Recently he met with Pushkin disciple Yevgeny Yev tushenko at his dacha near Moscow. Edwards was joined by Illustrations Editor Susan Welchman, center, and driver Valentina Galanina and interpreter Ludmila Mekertycheva. With an eye toward future arti cles, Edwards studied at Harvard's Russian Research Center last year. Touring African slave ports was an emotional experience for historian COLIN PALMER (right): "I realized I could be meeting distant relatives but would never know it." Formality prevailed when Fedu Abado, center, introduced Palmer to townspeople of Komenda, Ghana, and later when he translated for a chief in Elmina. "I must have made a good impression," says Palmer. "Suddenly Chief Condua began to speak to me in English-he has a degree from a British univer sity. We talked about Marcus Garvey and Jamaica, where I was born." Currently a visiting scholar at Stanford's Humanities Center, Palmer has just completed Passage ways: A History of Black America (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993). NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,17THANDM STS. N.W., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036.$21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.