Ilya Kaminsky
Stories, Written in Air

In our avenues, election posters show various hairstyles

of famous dictators—

and I, at 53

having given up a thought of a child, I— (turn to my neighbors and                            shout, come here!

Come here!

Marvelous cretins!


She just pooped on the park bench, marvelous cretins!


costs us a little dignity)


thank God.


Wind sweeps bread from market stalls, shopkeepers spill insults

and wind already has a bike between its legs—


But when with a laundry basket out in the streets I walk 


the wind is helpless

with the desire to touch these tiny bonnets & hats.


Found In Volume 46, No. 02
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Ilya Kaminsky
About the Author


Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union in 1977, and arrived in the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press) which won the Whiting Writer's Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine.