shot glass
"... 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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Cause and Effect

Anton van Leeuwenhoek made a spyglass that allowed viewers to observe the past. In that past dinosaurs put in an appearance and also fleas as big as mammoths. There were scores of them there, so each time Leeuwenhoek withdrew the spyglass fearfully from his eye.
Having calmed himself down with a glass of ginger beer, Leeuwenhoek would go out of doors. He halted somewhere in a small park, placed his hand on the trunk of a tree, and waited patiently till an ant or a beetle climbed onto the back of it.
'Tiny, they are still tiny,' Leeuwenhoek whispered, in a moment of mental aberration confusing the past with the future and the cause with the effect.