A. Molotkov — 2 Poems


Molecular Freedom


I break into a leaf,

chlorophyliac and radiant.


I track the petals’ past,


the moon my mirror.

I sneak into rock


for the slow taste of eternity,


fall asleep,

drunk on minerals,


dreaming the atoms


in my molecules,

thinking of the future where


my particles are free.

Before the Credits


The snow on your eyelids won’t

melt. Such an elegant goodbye. The snow


has learned your deepest secret. You


would choose exactly this

final scene. You cast me years ago.

Anatoly Molotkov Photo small

Born in Russia, A. Molotkov moved to the US in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993. His poetry collections are The Catalog of Broken Things, Application of Shadows and Synonyms for Silence. Published by Kenyon, Iowa, Antioch, Massachusetts, Atlanta, Bennington and Tampa Reviews, Hotel Amerika, Volt, Arts & Letters and many more, Molotkov has received various fiction and poetry awards and an Oregon Literary Fellowship. His translation of a Chekhov story was included by Knopf in their Everyman Series; his prose is represented by Laura Strachan at Strachan Lit. He co-edits The Inflectionist Review. You can visit him here.


  • Featured image, by Amar Saeed.

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