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Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother

Art Literature & Book Publishing 2011-2012

“Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother” was originally published by Tablet Magazine on June 6, 2012 (, and the panels illustrating the poem were exhibited at New York City’s National Arts Club through the Russian American Foundation’s Russian Heritage Month. The poem is accompanied by a spoken word track over a mix tape in collaboration with Los Angeles musician Sam Barsh.

At NYC’s KGB Bar December 26, 2012 for the release of Spoils of War, the book, Korol performed the poem over the instrumental track. At Brooklyn’s Time Out New York-picked Best Reading Series at Franklin Park Bar on February 11, 2013, Margarita performed the poem along with the video.

As part of the 11th Annual Russian Heritage Month, Margarita was invited back to Manhattan for another exhibition of Spoils of War with multimedia elements, including the original posters and the looping video above. For the occassion, Margarita also painted six new paintings titled, “Heroes of the Refusenik Movement” featuring the Russian American Foundation’s Marina Kovalyov, President Ronald Reagan, and activists Susan Green, Malcolm X, and Natan Scharansky.

Successfully meeting the Urban Pop Art Project’s goal of updating the refusenik experience in multimedia formats that would reach the widest variety of demographics, Margarita was presented with a Citation from Representative Helen Weinstein on behalf of the State of New York for the worth of her work as an Artist, Graphic Designer, and Writer to the State.


Margarita Korol Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother