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The August Rain

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Praise for The August Rain.  ..


This is a book through which memory and its voices lap like waves. Whether it be in his own luminous writing, or through his translations and versions of others, Komarnyckyj communicates a quiet fire that is often 'stringent as redemption' demanding to be read and acknowledged, and offering profound rewards in return.


Sean Street, poet and BBC Broadcaster.


Drawing force ... from an English visionary tradition that leads right back to Caedmon and the fevered restlessness of some Slavic poetries, Stephen Komarnyckyj’s is a serious poetry of life’s elemental mysteries and sorrows.  


Vivek Narayanan


Something Fishy


You ran up to me in the recreation ground,

A live carp in your hand,

Its eye

Held a perfectly executed cameo

Of grey Yorkshire sky,

Our two goggling faces

And the gable end of a council semi.


We put him in an old biscuit tin.

Whichever way he turned,

Fish swam

In the same direction

And always came face to face

With a reflection

Of a reflection…


It was a bit of a walk to the old mill pond.

Just for a second

He fell through the air,

A ribbon of fire

Twisting through summer,

A glass crown

On the water.


From The August Rain by Stephen Komarnyckyj. Click here to read more about this book and where you can buy a copy.

The August Rain

Publication Date: 6 October 2016

ISBN: 9780993197246

86 pages

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