The alphabet starts with A,
the letter that sounds like the cry of all
newly born babies.
Somewhere around the letter E,
the alphabet gets filled with the adolescent power and lack of care
towards other letters in front of it or behind.
At the letter M, it is already mature like a grown man,
or sometimes on the contrary, like Mowgli
raised by books,
still unable to understand the simple, shark-eats-shark arrangement
of most human cities.
The letter P is like a short rest

* poem, in its entirety, is available in the printed version of the current issue.


Sergey Gerasimov is a Ukraine-based writer, poet, and translator of poetry. The largest publishing companies in Russia have published his books. His stories and poems written in English have appeared in Adbusters, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, J Journal, the Bitter Oleander, and Acumen, among many other periodicals. His latest book is Oasis, published by Gypsy Shadow.


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