Two Poems by Peycho Kanev


In my darkest hour
my hands will reach for love
in some room sodden with stench
of bread and wine.

You will leave me there on the couch
in tremors,
smiling and snickering,

“Is this your God?”

Out there,
green round objects
are sitting foolishly on the fruit stand,
bringing me some minor

As the butcher sharpens the knife,
you sit by his left side,
mumbling some words,
and all I can hear is “Love.”


The romantic painter knew it all:
what form the light adopts penetrating
the jar of plum’s jam and how the shadows
get thick behind some hairy, stormy cloud.
Five laws of light;
one law of living,
which is:
always paint the fat and ugly queen beautiful.

Peycho Kanev is the Editor-In-Chief of Kanev Books. His poetry collection Bone Silence was released in September 2010 by Desperanto. A new collection of his poetry, titled Requiem for One Night, will be published by SixteenFourteen in 2013. Peycho Kanev has won several European awards for his poetry and he’s nominated for the Pushcart Award and Best of the Net. His poems have appeared in more than 900 literary magazines, such as: Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Hawaii Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Sheepshead Review, The Coachella Review, Two Thirds North, Sierra Nevada Review, The Cleveland Review and many others.