”In February 1916 Brik published “The Backbone Flute” in an edition of six hundred copies, another small book for their shelf of Futurist poetry. The books were distributed in Petrograd bookshops and among their friends. That winder, as Lili remembered, she and Mayakovsky “were never apart.”
In the darkness his voice, not addressing me, slid in verse along the fence. I had become used to the fact that Volodya [Mayakovsky] was constantly creating verses, both silently and aloud, when he was with me. I didn’t pay any attention to his being a poet…I was enlightened when suddenly I heard the words, pronounced softly,
If they light up the stars—
That means—somebody needs them, doesn’t it?
…We walked farther, then sat somewhere on a low bench under the starlit sky while Mayakovsky recited his verses for me for a long time. That night the marvelous, enormous, infinite feeling of awe and the most faithful friendship were lit in me.
”—Elsa Triolet, Lili Brik’s sister. Lili Brik refers to this as Mayakovsky giving Elsa the ‘treatment’. (via slippyslop)