A quarantine story [Audio coming] Hi there. Thanks for tuning in. The accent that tells you this bleak tale is Russian, and if that helps, you’re welcome to imagine that you’re in a dull, gray, mirthless Russian city they like to show in the movies. Though the location doesn’t matter to us, because in a … Read more With me, you are connected
If I travel down the river, Down the river, to the light, I will roam the golden slumbers Till the world goes out of sight. If I sink in whirling waters, Down, towards the glowing mist, I will guard my seaweed lair From the current and the beasts. If I travel up the river To … Read more *** (poem)
The world is alive with Things. They hide between the folds of space-time, they lurk in the shifting shadows of a twilit room, they leap at you in the moments of concentration lapse. There, for a split second, you find yourself in a rich, hectic, ever-moving world. You glimpse shapes and silhouettes, and you see … Read more The Things you never knew existed
Imagine a small industrial town far up north, wrapped in the night. A big empty apartment: the parents both at the night shifts, the sister at a party. The only one at home is a boy of eleven, struggling with his homework in the living room. The apartment is still and dark; the only sound … Read more The Turning Point
For little Johnny, every word had its own taste. He loved to sink his teeth into words, savor them, munch on them. He and his mom were often moving from place to place, and she spent hours scrolling through the apartment rental ads. He read the ads too, from behind her shoulder, and even though … Read more The Taste of a Word
A misty light it was. It seeped through the dense foliage of a mighty oak behind the window and poured into her room. Inch by inch, it conquered the space. Soon all she could see were soft, flickering shapes and contours. The light had reached her face, stroked her cheek, pinched her chin. Ow! She … Read more Grandma
This blog is a place for very short pieces – vignettes, observations, and occasional doodles. The list of my longer stories and poems is here. Enjoy!