Anatoly Kudryavitsky has published four collections, the latest being Horizon (Red Moon Press, 2016). His poems have also appeared in Oxford Poetry, The Literary Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Prague Revue, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Plume, etc. His latest novel entitled DisUNITY has been brought out by Glagoslav Publications in 2013. He lives in Dublin, Ireland, where he is the editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal.
Our photographs swept each other
off their invisible feet
and hung upon the hooks like wilted violets.
Their unblinking eyes reflected the tragic impossibility
of closing the gap between fancy and duty.
A faceless portrait muttered:
"A man can marry any flower that grows fragrantly
but he will then get filled with its odour.
Try to read him and you'll see
that he is written in invisible ink."
Nothing looked particularly different that day:
the Sun's eyeball, as green as ever,
the ivory architecture of our gadgets spelling desire
and an abdominous red-skinned woman
multiplied tenfold in the TV shop window,
singing: "Fate always takes the same shape."