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


Anatoly Kudryavitsky is living in Dublin, Ireland. He has published four collections of his poetry, and the fifth is due from MadHat Press later this year. His poems have also appeared in Oxford Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, The Prague Revue, Plume, The American Journal of Poetry, The Honest Ulsterman, Cyphers, Diaphanous, Stride, Otoliths, etc., and have been anthologized and translated into fourteen languages. His latest novel, The Flying Dutchman, was published in the UK by Glagoslav in 2018. He is the editor of SurVision poetry magazine.

Anatoly Kudryavitsky

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Opera is a carpenter's dream
operas are born carpeted
and speechless

A cloudlet of mornings
out of the ceramic mouth
two cracked stone angels
coddling the doors
a mixture of consciousness and body

Bring me a smoke leopard
place me among guarded gardenias

let the yellowness expand

Stone slabs recognize the feet
the monastic staircase exhales

The voice, the pace –
one of them blind