Brief Rediscovery of Minerals

By A. Molotkov

If you believe in chemistry, you’ve learned: brief beings
with golden thoughts arise from minerals.

I’m something from before, something you said in passing.
I don’t know you like this, in your own after.

The street corner looks the same, but I’m not here.
A green house, a blue house, a gray, a yellow. Our reliable memories.

Our impossible futures. I connect to you in thought.
Mine, then. Yours, now. I took a shorter path.

In some universe, we both exist. In some light,
we cast more than one shadow. You carry me back.

If you believe in alchemy, gold might fall into place
from simple elements on hand.

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A. Molotkov / About Author

Born in Russia, A. Molotkov moved to the US in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993. His poetry collection, The Catalog of Broken Things, is just out from Airlie Press. Published by Kenyon, Iowa, Cincinnati, Massachusetts, Atlanta, Bennington, Tampa, Raleigh, New Orleans and Cider Press Reviews, Pif, Volt, Ruminate, 2 River, Sequestrum and many more, Molotkov is winner of various fiction and poetry contests and a 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship. His translation of a Chekhov story was included by Knopf in their Everyman Series. He co-edits The Inflectionist Review. Please visit him at

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