Poetry: Mykyta Ryzhykh

Mykyta Ryzhykh
Free sky above the crown of poverty
Bare trees are not able to brush the birds off their hands
God's unborn son begs to be crucified

Meanwhile a blanket of snow began to choke my throat
The whip of the church dug into the bare body of the earth
Broken bells play a march for the soldiers
The future flows into the river of absence

Drowned man drinks water overcoming his fear of swimming


snow under the sole
snowflake sticks to snowflake
the country goes to sleep

country plunged into agony
frost falls on the eyes
white cemetery boasts black crosses


the fountain of the dead 
dries up in autumn 
when the birds fly away


Terry grass hides the bashful body of the earth

Billions of tons of human bodies
Several hundred metro

Even Jesus did not descend below the earth's surface
Even Lucifer did not descend below the earth's surface


the singing of the sun on hot asphalt 
is interrupted by a couple in love
lovers fuck so hard that 
the sun is ashamed

space vacated in the atmosphere 
is taken by rain
water washes away naked bodies 
with sperm

Mykyta Ryzhykh (Ukraine): Nominated for Pushcart Prize. Published many times in the journals Dzvin, Dnipro, Bukovinian magazine, Polutona, Tipton Poetry Journal, Stone Poetry Journal, Divot journal, dyst journal, Superpresent Magazine, Allegro Poetry Magazine, Alternate Route, Better Than Starbucks, Littoral Press, Book of Matches, TheNewVerse News, Acorn haiku Journal, The Wise Owl, Verse-Virtual, Scud, Fevers of the Mind, LiteraryYard, PLUM TREE TAVERN, ITERANT, Fleas on the Dog, The Tiger Moth Review, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Angel Rust, Neologism Poetry Journal, Shot Glass Journal, QLRS, The Crank, Chronogram, The Antonym, Monterey Poetry Review, Five Fleas Itchy Poetry, Ranger magazine, PPP Ezine, Bending Genres Journal, Rat's Ass Review, Cajun Mutt Press, minor literatures, Audience Askew Literary Journal, Spirit Fire Review, The Gravity of the Thing, Ballast Journal, Star 82 Review, The BeZine, A Thin Slice of Anxiety, Synchronized Chaos, boats against the current, The Decadent Review, Corvus Review, American Diversity Report, Unlikely Stories, Triggerfish Critical Review, The Moth, Ripple Lit, Rock & Sling, Meniscus, Rabid Oak, ZiN Daily, Stone of Madness, The Cortland Standard, Quarter Press, Schredder, Wilderness House Literary Review, Poetry Porch, Chewers & Masticadores, The Big Windows Review, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Third Wednesday, Cosmic Double, Dialogist, Consequence, Cool Beans Lit, Poets Choice, BarBar.

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