I don’t spread a city of sensitive nature.
we hid the city from view so you can decide
if you want to see it
a crossed-out eye
how I close my eyes tightly
and continue to see
the eye, crossed-out
like a road sign on the exit out of the sensitive city
the Devil, dressed in post-truth
like in a looted NFT rug
Translated by R.B. Lemberg
the sanctions are harnessed in dogs
motorbikes are like aircrafts
the alerts are like from Louis de Funès movies
some alerts disappear others appear
the hierarchy of alerts
kill the oldest one like a mosquito
I washed my face with rusty water
the iron rider
drag the photos and videos to your side
Apollo with a defective
Translated from Ukrainian by Elle Yevtushenko
Mykhailo Zharzhailo is a poet, essayist, and performer. He is the author of Karma militia (Smoloskyp publishing, 2014) and Unsupported characters (KNXT publishing, 2020). His poems have appeared in several anthologies in Ukrainian and foreign periodicals. His poems have been translated into 9 languages. He is a member of Aether: mcrt media poetry band.
He is also the author of "Blackouts of Constitution" erasure poetry project (2018), and co-initiator of "Blackouts of Law" virtual exhibition (2021).