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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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Sarajevo Music

The absence of traffic
shines from east to west.

The pigeon xylophone
yet silent.

The smell of peat fires
leads August into May
and further down the tunnel
of time.

Reality is.
Reality is a gargantuan TV screen,
with pain concealed inside the malformed frame.

As we wait for enlightenment
where our travel map ends,
a boy wearing headphones
walks off the edge
into his soundless music.