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Wednesday, March 10, 2021


by Anton Yakovlev

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There used to be a rocking chair upstairs.
I’d listen to the news. The news was stark:
wildlife repopulating city squares,
containment efforts always off the mark.
Vending machines have long run out of prayers.
Torn passports waft through the uprooted park.
There used to be a rocking chair upstairs.
Last week even the poltergeists went dark.

Anton Yakovlev’s latest chapbook Chronos Dines Alone (SurVision Books, 2018) won the James Tate Poetry Prize. The Last Poet of the Village, a book of translations of poetry by Sergei Yesenin, was published by Sensitive Skin Books in 2019.