|Portrait by Konstantin Somov (1909)|
Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin (1872 - 1936) was a Russian poet, musician and novelist, a prominent contributor to the Silver Age of Russian Poetry. Read more on Wikipedia
Lowry refers to the poet in his first novel Ultramarine; "Mikhail Kuzmin's flute is heard, playing softly - Soldiers' Canteen." (Pg. 112). The flute is a reference to Kuzmin's poem Alexandrinische Gesange:
When someone says: 'Alexandria,'
I see the white walls of a house,
a small garden row of gillyflowers,
an autumn evening's pale sunlight
and hear the music of distant flutes.
The reference to the Soldiers' Canteen is unidentified.