Игорь Сатановский (satanovskiy2) wrote,
Игорь Сатановский
satanovskiy2

Igor Satanovsky — Poems in English

Jumping to Conclusions

Let's face it:
we will all miss poetry.

It's going the way of dinosaurs
and printed books.

Life is too difficult to reflect on,
too shallow to complicate.

Let’s make this transition
as painless as possible,

Аs one distraught poetry lover
once begged me —

Dear poets,
please!

Write only light verse
On yr way out!




Ya All Been Warned!

A poem won't write itself.
That's my job, and I am lazy for a good reason.
If there is any possibility of not writing poetry,
it should be thoroughly explored.
It's not too late to reduce yr poetic footprint.
Years ago I had this terrifying vision of afterlife:
You get there, and hear yr poems loudly recited
by the invisible chorus — for eternity.
No parole, no escape.
Think about it, why take a chance?
Press delete,
Start yr fires now!



THE MARVELS OF POST-MODERN LIFE
For Mike Magazinnik

dress smarter
smile wider
work harder
sleep tighter
buy cheaper
drive faster
eat better
die later

dress cheaper
smile harder
sleep smarter
work later
eat faster
drive tighter
buy wider
die better

eat cheaper
dress wider
drive better
buy later
smile faster
work tighter
sleep harder
die smarter

buy smarter
drive wider
dress harder
sleep faster
smile tighter
work better
eat later
die cheaper



Pushkin and War

The war is raging, Pushkin keeps on writing
The war is raging, Pushkin keeps on writing
The war is raging, Pushkin keeps on writing
The war is raging on and on and on

But Pushkin keeps on writing writing writing
But Pushkin keeps on writing writing writing
But Pushkin keeps on writing writing writing
The war still rages on and on and on



The Waking Dead

Dreamt of zombies,
woke up with a taste
of somebody's brains
in my mouth.



A Poet’s Submission

His supposedly unpublished poem was accepted
for a magazine's forthcoming issue,
but neither him, nor the issue
were forthcoming enough.



HIV Virus Poem

some say it was an attempt to synthesize the elements
able to go on outside of us, to get rid of those
who mean us harm, because they are evil

others say it's a punishment for the sins
we're given a free choice to commit,
coming from the same source

it seems to be neither: to be warm and fed,
to see a happy and healthy offspring:
these are understandable motives of

the new life finding its way into our own,
striking gold in its eternal quest for paradise,
promised to us, given to them



A Play for A Synthesizer

a mechanical voice speaks for two: at first sounds
deep and hoarse: I liked it before: but not now:
now I like something else: now it’s fine: the way
it should be: to be better: it’s better: the other way:

the voice mutates: climbs in pitch: now I got it:
the face transpires the mask: the face changes: when
one can’t see it: it’s hard to figure out: what you think:
how to see the real you: now I see

now it’s different: the voice slides lower: yes: yes:
that’s what I am talking about: to see things: with
somebody else’s eyes: it’s great: but you gotta be
ready: I wasn’t: now I’ve changed: now I am: and it’s

all fair: thank you: love: is such a precious feeling:
and so well-armed: a metallic echo interferes: grows
louder: drowns the voice: the voice struggles to break
through at the top volume:

HONEY: LISTEN:
I HEAR GREAT NEWS: LUXURY CONDOS ARE
STILL AVAILABLE ON BRIGHTON BEACH:



don’t ask for directions

Nights turn her into the Great Bear:
the convincing big dipper of her body:
the shaggy head:
the seven shimmering chakras

remember: observe: get a clue:

constellations don't take questions:
they can only help you to navigate



New Dictionary of the Progressive, part 1:

Great Rescission

terrorisk

national theft

torturist

bomberism

corpozens

victeam

peacetaker

powerty

bankonomy

weaktory

Guantanomore

dronacracy

whistleblowback

disprosperity

securiosity

middle grass






Sideways

A beautiful sunset reels on:
all is to end well: she is to
call back: he is to change
his job: one rainy evening:
to walk out to his car: to wipe
the windshield: to turn on the
radio: to hear tango: to realize:
we do live now in the new Argentina:
ten minutes later:
to return home: and: with a calm
face: to sit down to watch the
news: nothing terrible: from
what's going on:
in the world:



Ezra Songs

1
;just missed
u; left these/
;notes;
to air
n i c e l y

ruthlessssss
essssentials
;
this
post-
naive
/break-
over
/bicker-
age

takes
more;

gives
more
crap
or
drivel;

watch
out;
natives
are
rustlers;


2
they thought
clouds; not
thunder

they thought
water; not
fire

u;
at
stake --

;lost
and
found;

Ezra; a
human bang

3
still;
small talk;
ball in
yr court;
said;if
;deals fast
;did loom
sad on film;
dissed; lemon
solipsism;
small moon
patches on
the face ;(o);
dust; form;s
;lime-
hours

4
;m
;
mmmmm
;
;m

5
would be
de-
lightful;
if sore

6
Ezra says

;as in
general;
spheres’
problem;

should have
a fix; energy
spikes; naked
ambition; calls
her; hate-
ful stupidity;
faster velocity
of writing; to
the audience
of one

7
skin
thickens

grows
distant

still
bothers

8
stupor-
wise;
improbable;
wha’ is this
inner? trance-
inducing
glass?

;I engineered
this madness;

Ezra fell
silent



Preaching In Tongues to Semitic Tribes

magiotard rebamos mortem
ahbeo brothemus aebitum
theor noshaht sefirem mahter
my troubled poor tribes semitum

teordom dictum mactearos
reotardarre mogen mitum
miaros strophen abrahamen
rehados cameten editum

triafortanum ignorare!
nabihele lepahen quitum
lobames beatemos o'bottom
my troubled poor tribes semitum

lo! perseverius finite!
oh mortare shlemotten twigen
neaportaria vernitum
nabihele soonskoro edem

yaman! lepakhele! yolohen!
suidishe ebont dischasse!
my troubled poor tribes semitum
norados imminent novasser!
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