Anatoly Kudryavitsky

Doggerland Reclaimed & The Border Mouse

Anatoly Kudryavitsky

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Doggerland Reclaimed

The sky and the sea

synonyms in these parts.

In the abstract, reality splashes.

No hills around; volcanic outbursts

of drowned history have flattened

the bottom of the imaginable.

When it rains, the missing centuries

surface in every puddle

and stare at you with their bubble eyes.

Somewhere out there, the white finitude

of the Dover Cliffs

where night learns the language

of moss on milestones.

Somewhere out there, the sands

of Scheveningen where rainwater

smells like an eternity

or gillyflowers.

Here, the sanguine sunshine has sunk

into wet corn-dog grass, and the stars

enjoy an uncontested freedom of the fall

through the rainbow layers of time.

The Border Mouse

He circumnavigates no man’s land

like a neurotic sun. If a boundary-line

is drawn across a river, he is a fish;

if it cuts through a bog, he turns

into a frog. Otherwise he is the storm

of the moment, a mole

gnawing at the roots of trust.

He smells seeds of darkness

and poppy lips, sunburst oranges

and a crimson lava out of the mouth of rage.

He smells the ever-widening crevices

of Europe, and he smells the time

when he’ll unhide himself.

When money blossoms, he smells it.

An artist of nuisance, he suddenly paints himself

into our peripheral vision. He is

the rust-coloured evening of our lives.

Does he exist in the sense that time exists?

When the last decades, in their perfumed sheaths,

are safely buried, will history expose

his worn-out shadow?

Making room for empty spaces

– or unmarked graves –

is easy. Nothingness, like greatness,

emerges from a mouse hole of eternity.

An infinity mirror holds us all.

As for history, it disregards its margins

and has no imagination.

Anatoly Kudryavitsky

Anatoly Kudryavitsky has published four collections, the latest being Horizon (Red Moon Press, 2016). His poems have also appeared in Oxford Poetry, The Literary Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Prague Revue, Hayden's Ferry Review, Plume, The American Journal of Poetry, The Wolf, 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. He was the recipient of the Maria Edgeworth Poetry Prize (2003). In 2016, one of his poems has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize by The American Journal of Poetry.