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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, Plume, The American Journal of Poetry, Shot Glass Journal, The Prague Revue, Otoliths, etc. His latest novel titled disUNITY has been brought out by Glagoslav Publications in 2013. He lives in Dublin, Ireland, and edits SurVision Magazine. He was the recipient of the Maria Edgeworth Poetry Prize (2003) and the Mihai Eminescu Poetry Prize (2017). In 2016 and in 2017, his poems were nominated for the Pushcart Prize by The American Journal of Poetry and by Shot Glass Journal.

Anatoly Kudryavitsky

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Who are you? How did you make it to the surface?
Weren't you supposed to drown in inter alia?
Weren't you about to be swallowed by Leviathan?
Oh and by the way, has he finally learned how to master time?
Did you avail of uncommon sources of sound:
a livid liver, vertical pride?
Did the sea ink dissolve in your blank-page eyes?
Did dead names donate their labials to you?
Was there a script in your crypt?
Were you here one day, and the next in the many points
which comprised "there"?
Was there fear on the North side of the year?
Did you swim through the light derived from your breath?
How salty was the salt of your circumfluous heart?