Peycho Kanev: Questions

tookerm —  February 8, 2012 — 1 Comment


On the street,
the grizzled, bygone Time
stops me and asks:

“What are you carrying in these bags?”

I slowly stretch out my hands
and say:

“In this – happiness,
and in this one – sorrow!”

“Give me this one,”
He points with staring eyes and
grabs it with His predatory hands,
and I reach to my back pocket
for the knife.

Peycho Kanev
is the Editor in Chief of Kanev Books. His poems have appeared in more than 500 literary magazines, including Poetry Quarterly, The Monongahela Review, Steam Ticket, Midwest Literary Review, Third Wednesday, The Cleveland Review, Loch Raven Review, In Posse Review, The Penwood Review, Mascara Literary Review and many others. He is nominated for the Pushcart Award and Best of the Net and lives in Chicago. In 2009 his short story collection Walking Through Walls and in April 2010 his poetry collection American Notebooks both were published in Bulgaria. His poetry collection Bone Silence was released in September 2010 by Desperanto, NY. A new collection of his poetry, titled Requiem for One Night, will be published by Desperanto in 2012.

One response to Peycho Kanev: Questions

  1. Mr. Kanev is well-known to his followers on Facebook as a powerful advocate of ambiguity in the service of The Big Questions – themselves ambiguous. He controls his detail carefully, so the reader knows to ask, “Does it matter which hand is freed to grasp for the pocket-knife?” The question of which bag was taken by Time haunts the reader all the more by the clever omission of this vital detail.

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