Saturday, 16 March 2019

Too close

by Marina Kazakova

Too close
to keep the heart
rate down to hundred,
to keep the hands
to ropewalk
as nothing
is sitting in front of,
to play
to say what
is expected,
to eyeball
the other faces,
to not proceed
with stupid questions,
to restrict
the craving
to ropewalk
along your lips and
to whisper
to myself
the love letters,
to tremble
in the dark
when no one
when the night
is too close
to the body of
the sleepless ropewalker,
when the heart
dances along
the white sheets,
embraces the warm pillow,
jumps and laughs
inside the dream
where the olive tree
is too close
stop the dream
and to return
the ropewalker
back to the hungry hands
of one
busy morning
in Brussels.

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Marina Kazakova (b. Gorky, 1983) is a writer, poet and audio-visual artist in Belgium. Published internationally in magazines and journals (Three Rooms Press' Maintenant, AntiNarrative Journal, Crannog), Marina is a frequent performer. She has been shortlisted at different poetry/film-poetry competitions and was awarded various prizes. She is author of verse novel Tishe...Piano, the film adaptation of which was shortlisted for International Short Film Festival Leuven 2013, Miami Indie Wise Festival 2018, XpoNorth Festival 2018, and got ‘The Best Narrative Short’ Award at the International Film Festival on behalf of Savva Morozov in Moscow in 2015. Her literature works deal to a large degree with confrontation with the past and explore the challenges posed both by memory and grief. In addition to poetry, Marina has written essays and articles for such publications as The Word Magazine (Brussels),, Marina holds a Master in Public Relations and in Transmedia. Currently, she is Communications Officer at ‘Victim Support Europe’(Brussels) and working on her practice-based PhD in Arts “Lyric Film-Poem. A research on how the unique characteristics of lyric poetry can be expressed in film” at Luca School of Arts (KULeuven).


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