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


Anatoly Kudryavitsky has published four collections, the latest being Horizon (Red Moon Press, 2016). His poems have also appeared in Oxford Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, The Prague Revue, Plume, Otoliths, The American Journal of Poetry, Shot Glass Journal, etc. His latest novel titled DisUNITY has been brought out by Glagoslav Publications in 2013. He lives in Dublin, Ireland, where he is the editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal and SurVision Magazine. He was the recipient of the Maria Edgeworth Poetry Prize (2003). In 2016, one of his poems was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by the American Journal of Poetry.

Anatoly Kudryavitsky

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Of Things Lethean

In the garden of amnesia, shadows
angle their legless dance.

The skin of time is porous; minutes
drip onto the aluminium leaves.
Each shrub
a multitude of droplets.

Tired crooked trees grow
toward their roots.
There's a failure in symmetry
and symmetry between failures.

Shadows walk a crooked line;
shadows stop.
Hail the icy star of an empty heart!

Meanwhile, ill weeds form ears
and exceptions to Darwin's theory cohere
in shady alleys.