Three Poems By A. Molotkov

The Art of Enjoying the Moment


your room is dimly lit

and in the corner

behind your back

in the shadow

lies a dead baby

wrapped in a blanket

don’t turn around yet


don’t turn around yet




thinking uncontrollably

what a strange life

without an ending

for thousands of years


maybe this time

the street will wrap itself

around the curve of your smile


that rose

you showed me

must have been real


Unfaithful to Myself

I tried to look myself in the eye

I couldn’t take it

I must have failed myself somehow

I must be guilty in some way

this mirror is too pure

to hold my face


is the mirror crooked?


your photograph too

reveals a lack of trust in its eyes

did I used to be myself


or did you used to be

another photograph?


A. Molotkov is  a writer, composer, filmmaker and visual artist, and a co-founder of the Inflectionist poetry movement (  Born in Russia,  he moved to the US in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993.  He is the author of several novels, short story and poetry collections and the winner of the 2010 New Millennium Writings and the 2008 E. M. Koeppel fiction contests, nominated for a Pushcart.  His other fiction and poetry has appeared in over 25 publications, both in print and online.  In February 2010, he spearheaded a one-hour poetry and music performance “Love Outlives Us” presented by the Show and Tell Gallery in Portland, OR and repeated on KBOO in June.  Several recently published poems are available online at: Carcinogenic Poetry, Aquillrelle, Rusty Truck, Word Riot and unFold.


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