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21. Featuring: Farida Samerkhanova



N.A. Bowie: Glasgow, UK + Alistair Catterall: Nottingham, UK + Laura Solomon: Nelson, New Zealand + Mario Susko: New York, USA


Mankind’s Huge Mistakes


Tired, I was walking home from work.

The air was humid but warm.

I was overstressed and lonely.


I saw a man and a woman standing

At the corner of the street. They looked

So happy and so close together.


Through my mind there went disturbing images of

The Vietnamese war,

The Challenger flight, 73 seconds long,

The fire of Chernobyl,

The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,

The Srebrenitsa massacre,

The concentration camps in occupied Europe,

The collapse of Twin Towers and

The murder of the kids of the Russian Tsar.


The real solid truth that makes sense is

The man holding his woman in his arms

In the tranquility of the night.

Bosnian Syndrome


Distorted mind can

Play tricks.


Taming sick memories

Is not that easy.


The endless ugly

War is still haunting.


The tracks of my tank

Used to ruin lives.


Shaking hands with devil

Was not a big deal.


Guilt pushed me

Across the ocean.


Distorted mind

Is still playing tricks.



He remembered dancing in the rain in Prague

     The rain came after several weeks of unbearable heat

He remembered working as a cashier in the superstore when he was eighteen

     A young woman was checking out and all she bought was two bras –

     one was pink and the other was white

He blushed because it was the first time he touched a bra

He remembered the disappointment he experienced when he saw a man kissing

     his brother’s wife in a parking lot not far from his home

He remembered his trip to the top of a Twin Tower in Manhattan in 1994

     The elevator took him to the 107th floor in 60 seconds

He remembered his favourite show Boston Legal

He remembered swimming in the pool of Sheraton hotel in Downtown Toronto

     Snowflakes were falling on his face because half of the pool had no roof

He remembered the white sand at the Black Sea coast not far from Albena

He remembered the lights in the surgery room and the voice of the anaesthetist

He remembered the taste of lime honey

He remembered the pain after he fell off his bicycle in the village and hurt his elbow

     That summer he was ten

He remembered the name of his first grade teacher

He remembered his mother’s dress in the old black and white photograph framed by his father

He remembered the rainbow above Niagara Falls on a sunny day in the spring of 2000


He did not remember the color of her eyes



Sometimes I rush

To Montreal,

To relax and pretend

That I am in Europe.


I enjoy the trip


And count down

Hours and miles

That separate me from

My sweet Toronto.



A drop of water

Crawls down the bathroom wall,

Leaving a clear streak,

Like a tear on my cheek.



One heart plus

One heart makes

Three pieces, because

One of the hearts is