Issue No. 15, Winter 2015

Living in Interesting Times
Anatoly Kudryavitsky

We have a slight problem, general:
our children can’t locate themselves
in space and time
because maps are muddy and calendars
have no dates for days like these.
Medieval gloom ghosts into town
from behind old army barracks.
Sell us some primal wisdom; we’ll
pay you in golden possibilities.

Seven fat years have been devoured
by ninety-seven shy black holes.
Adieu, adieu, and adieu.
Rough-edged shards of humanity fly
in all directions. The air reeks of defeat
which the papers find more interesting
than a victory.
“And who are we losing to, anyway?”
walking billboards ask each other.

The future has gone on sale
in the memory shop, but it is the present
that crunches under the teeth of passers-by.
Besides, they all keep
bottles of oblivion handy.
The peace-keepers trade their dreams
for freshly minted safety,
so their nightmares can pass
for urban legends.

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. He lives in Dublin, Ireland, where he is the editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal.