Poetry: “Solzhenitsyn"

Kirby Olson


“Men have forgotten God, that’s why all this has happened.”

If I were to write poems
like a train on parallels to Siberia, past
onion domes, aspiring jazz stars,
in samizdat basements,
zigzags of proletarian taxis, busy streets,
lunches including inexpensive meats,
smuggled ouzo,
would I write every poem
that is forbidden to exist?

Snow falls beside abandoned cathedrals.

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