Ilya Gutner was born in the Soviet Union and grew up in New York. Was a student of Russian literature at Brown until the professors spoke to the police and so that ceased to be an option, and now studies world philosophy in Shanghai, China.
Five poems about love in China
They want their poets tame
because they themselves are tame
when in a crowd together
they punish those not in
to make themselves seem something.
Is it really freedom if the police come along?
Minute of silence for Twain’s horse Soldier Boy the Fossil,
I sit remembering how sexual misconduct killed free speech.
Ovid comes by in the mornings
to teach the art of love:
says modest praise wins proudest women.
Three thoughts about America.
Horse hour sunny noon.