During her studying at the institute she published her poems & articles in different newspapers, both official and handwritten. In 1962 the first collection of her poems named "String" was a resounding success. In spite of being expurged a lot of collections of verses were published later: "Music lessons" (1969), "Poems" (1975), "Candle" (1977), "Dreams on Georgia" (1977), "Coastline" (1991) and others. Some of her poems have become popular songs. Bella's first marriage was to Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1954); her second husband was Yuri Nagibin (1960); in 1974, she married her current husband, the famous Russian artist Boris Messerer.
They have a house in Peredelkino and a studio in Moscow. The main themes of Akhmadulina's works are friendship, love, and relations between people. She is the author of numerous essays about Russian poets and translations. Some of them were devoted to her close friend, Bulat Okudzhava. Akhmadulina avoids writing political poems, but she took part in political events of her youth supporting the movement of so-called dissidents. In 1977, Bella Akhmadulina became an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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