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


Anatoly Kudryavitsky has published three collections, the latest being Capering Moons (Doghouse Books, 2011). His latest novel entitled DisUNITY has been brought out by Glagoslav Publications in 2013. His anthology of contemporary German-language poetry titled Coloured Handprints has been published by Dedalus Press in 2015. He lives in Dublin, Ireland, where he is the editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal.

Anatoly Kudryavitsky



Wherever we go, we take our language with us
but it slips between the words and sinks
into the silence of the fields. Curious children
will pick up a few broken syllables
and play with them.
We travelled across the realm of the unborn;
we'll ramble on the other side of the unthinkable.
Life that can be described on a single page
is but a shadow dance in the starlight;
story that doesn't have to be told more than once
is but the clinking of wind chimes.
Chic plush drapery of the past conceals
a corridor of mirrors, with its icy breath
and a milky glimmer at the other end.