The river made no excuses for itself,
Having known so many dead
Having known so many living
The moon drew a veil over its face
Yearning, as always, to erase
Its beauty and proffer only the dark.
The world groped for an alphabet.
Steve Komarnyckyj’s literary translations and poems have appeared in Index on Censorship, Modern Poetry in Translation and many other journals. He is the holder of two PEN awards and a highly regarded English language poet whose work has been described as articulating “what it means to be human” (Sean Street). He runs Kalyna Language Press with his partner Susie and three domestic cats.