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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Anatoly Kudryavitsky lives in Dublin, Ireland, and writes in both English and Russian. He has published two novels, a few novellas and short stories, seven books of his Russian poems and three collections of his English poems, Shadow of Time(Goldsmith, 2005), Morning at Mount Ring and Capering Moons (Doghouse, 2007 and 2011), as well as A Night in the Nabokov Hotel, an anthology of contemporary Russian poetry in English translation (Dedalus, 2006) and Bamboo Dreams, an anthology of Irish haiku (Doghouse, 2012). His new novel titled Shadowplay on a Sunless Day is due from Glagoslav Publications (London, England) later this year.
He edits Shamrock (, the international online magazine of the Irish Haiku Society, of which he is President.
His poems have been translated into fourteen languages.

Anatoly Kudryavitsky

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The Three Fishes Theory

There are people who sincerely believe that the Earth rests upon three fishes: a pike, a carp and a flounder. If you ask them, they will readily explain that the pike keeps himself busy trying to catch the carp, and they both fidget uneasily and turn around every now and again. This causes the Earth to rotate. As for the right-eyed flounder resembling a flat tin Moon, he provides lighting for these activities and meditates upon the meaning of time, bodily movements and vain fishy desires.