This Life by Peycho Kanev

I put my heart into my mother’s coffin

and now it throbs under the ground.

All the letters I sent to my first love

returned unread in my mailbox

and my unborn child, which I wanted

to create on paper, committed suicide

in the first paragraph of my unwritten book.

My cat has rejected her nine lives, my dog

refuses to bark and I look how the sky

shatters slowly in the broken mirror –

I am beautiful at last.

By Peycho Kanev

Peycho Kanev is the author of 6 poetry collections and three chapbooks, published in the USA and Europe. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, such as: Rattle, Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Front Porch Review, Hawaii Review, Barrow Street, Sheepshead Review, Off the Coast, The Adirondack Review, Sierra Nevada Review, The Cleveland Review and many others. His new chapbook titled Under Half-Empty Heaven was published in 2019 by Grey Book Press.

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