A. Pikovsky is a Philly poet who is the child of Soviet-Jewish immigrants. These works deal with the (re)discovery of intimacy in a pandemic, exploring the old-world mentality of the Soviet Union in the New World, seeking to understand purpose & pleasure that feed the soul in a time of Tocka.
Spring bloomed across the palms of the fire /\
Flapping beneath the sick, sad sky /\
Bees drank from painted flowers that
Couldn’t find the sun/\
Drunk in disappointment, we watched
Like two-stitched dolls from our cloudy windows /\
& then, those flowers just faced
“I’ll never…” still dreaming /\
Hazy by the patches & the grass /\
With my high hopes where i
Slipped into mirrors /\ distracted,
From a passing of time/\
“I Let The Time Pass” (Preface)
I looked into the dreamy eyes of Death
They curled with so much life
I carried on,
Pocketing the ((noise))
The leaves were chirping,
But then they turned black.
Pining (Almost Spring, Equinox 2020)
More water for flesh ripples /\
Pebbles of my mouth across those tree limbs
I like your spit rolling
& i open wide, pouring
It runs for
“Kitchen in the Sky” (days before Pandemic arrived)
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