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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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Grandeur Way

More winters or just this one.

The Hydra-headed father of the nation
looks like the day you meet him. He is
sick to his lobbies, his airports swell
but he'll survive a bout of motleyness.

He uncled many nomads and expellies
who disguise their true navels
with raggery. His second ugliest head
is heavy-jawed about it.

According to The Hades News, he
has inherited a little acre in Tartarus.
This gives him a hellish pleasure,
but claiming his fortune for him,

being immortal,
can prove difficult.
Still, history keeps trying
until it succeeds.