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


Anatoly Kudryavitsky lives in Dublin, Ireland, and in Reggio di Calabria, Italy. His poems appear in Oxford Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, The North, The Prague Revue, Plume, BlazeVox, The Honest Ulsterman, Cyphers, Stride, etc. His most recent poetry collections are "The Two-Headed Man and the Paper Life" (MadHat Press, USA, 2019) and "Scultura Involontaria" (Casa della poesia, Italy, 2020; a bilingual English/Italian edition of his selected poems). His new collection entitled "Sky Sailing" is due from Salmon Poetry, Ireland, in 2022. His latest novel, "The Flying Dutchman", has been brought out by Glagoslav Publications, England, in 2018. In 2020, he won an English PEN Translate Award for his anthology of Russian dissident poetry 1960-1980 entitled "Accursed Poets" (Smokestack Books, 2020). He is the editor of SurVision poetry magazine.

Anatoly Kudryavitsky

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A Tide Gauge

(Arnold Schönberg. "Am Strande")

Seven nightmares of the ark,
seven nightmares in ultraviolet waves.
Moon-eyelids, a "self", self-trodden,

Windows are corridors of mirrors.
Fishing boats float within themselves.

When the tide flows, I'm an island;
when it ebbs, I'm part of the mainland.
When I die, I'll die in every one of you.

No one knows we are here.
Our "as if" hands, deep into the guilt-flood;
our foreheads, marked with time...