Causes

Let’s put some likes on people dying
And on a hunger strike in jail,
On all those suffering and crying,
On everyone whose life is hell.
But hunger causes us to make
A sandwich, so we take a break
And construct a sandwich
Reinforced with sausage.
We, humble intelligentsia,
Support all the best causes, yea?

Translated from the Russian by Philip Nikolayev

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Oleg Dozmorov is a Russian writer, poet and critic born in Yekaterinburg, Russia in 1974. He is the author of several collections of poetry including Vosmistishiya, a 2004 collection of octaves, and Take a look at the hippopotamus (2012), which was awarded the Russian Prize and Moscow Score literary prizes. His poems are translated into Italian, English, Dutch and Ukrainian. His semi-fictional story “Marble Award” was published by Znamia in 2006. Since 2009 he has lived in London.

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