A childhood memory of a summer day engraves the cough drop with untired saliva, and brings out a phrase, sweetly puckering the mouth— if it sounds, hear not a question, but an encompassing intrigue: what is this lachrymose animal who lives under the creak of the swing? Who—without fear—taught this creature, which uses silence to rub […]
ALEKSEY PORVIN is a Russian poet born in 1982. His poems can be found in World Literature Today, Cyphers, Saint-Petersburg Review, Ryga Journal, SUSS, Words Without Borders, Fogged Clarity, The Straddler, The Dirty Goat, Action Yes, Barnwood International Poetry Mag, among others. Porvin is author of two collections of poems in Russian—Darkness Is White (Argo-Risk Press, Moscow, 2009) and Poems (New Literature Observer Press, Moscow 2011). His first book of poems translated into English, Live by Fire, was published by Cold Hub Press in 2011. Poems by Porvin have been recently short-listed for the Andrey Bely Prize (2011) and The Russian Debut Prize (2011).
Untitled #1 by Aleksey Porvin (translated by Peter Golub)
The boxy tube of knocking wheels is squeezed by the speed and leaks a long odorous drop of train— glues the clatter onto the horizon; why the craftwork, is there not enough construction visible? For instance: the flat fog, tied by the powerlines to the forest posts or the anticipating – that railroad pointer directing […]
Contributor Bios for Issue 5 Spring 2012
Issue 5 Spring 2012 ALYSE BENSEL is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at Penn State. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Cider Press Review, The Summerset Review, and Foothill Poetry, among others. When not engaged in her teaching and studies, she volunteers for a cat rescue and participates in a work-share program at a local CSA farm. […]
MAYDAY Magazine: Issue 5 Spring 2012
FEATURED ARTIST Sheng Qi Painting without Colour: A Gallery NONFICTION Helen DeWitt Experimental, Interstitial, and Hybrid an interview with Helen DeWitt conducted by S. P. MacIntyre Alan Heathcock Never Not a Writer an interview with Alan Heathcock conducted by Okla Elliott Amy Holwerda Like the Wine of Our Red Alaska FICTION WinLo333 Sob Stories Gerard […]