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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 97 | volume XVII | July-August, 2014



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 97July-August, 2014

Dancing In Odessa

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Ilya Kaminsky

Author’s Prayer
Dancing In Odessa
In Praise of Laughter
Aunt Rose
My Mother’s Tango
American Tourist
Dancing in Odessa


Dancing In Odessa

In a city ruled jointly by doves and crows, doves covered the main district, and crows the market. A deaf boy counted how many birds there were in his neighbor’s backyard, producing a four-digit number. He dialed the number and confessed his love to the voice on the line.

My secret: at the age of four I became deaf. When I lost my hearing, I began to see voices. On a crowded trolley, a one-armed man said that my life would be mysteriously linked to the history of my country. Yet my country cannot be found, its citizens meet in a dream to conduct elections. He did not describe their faces, only a few names: Roland, Aladdin, Sinbad.

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