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Alex Galper

(translated from Russian)

The Real Galper

  Sometimes I think
  I am not the real
  Alex Galper
  but his clone
  Be I the Real Galper
  I would love a different
  kind of woman
  (Perhaps not
  women at all)
  Attend different
  kind of rallies
  I would vote
  Have a job not of
  a sweating dirty van driver
  transporting insane
  deteriorating old women
  But that of a clean-cut
  professor of literature
  And to avoid
  losing my position
  I would force myself
  to write books about
  the life of Galper the clone
  Seducing pretty college girls
  with lies about my intimate
  knowledge of this mongrel.

My Self-Defense

  I am eating a delicious borsht to protest wolfish capitalism
  I enjoy the fattest solyanka to fight dominance of big corporations
  I torture myself with Cutlets A La Kiev in the memory of victims
     of the communist Gulag
  Devour Freedom Fries for the bombed-out Afghanistan,
  Oven-baked hens with parsley -- to stop the war in Iraq
  A whole roasted piglet on a skewer to prevent Palestinian kamikazes
     from bombing Israeli discos
  Withdraw your armies from Chechnya, or I will finish this apple strudel
  Allow gays to get married, or I am ordering a cappuchino with cream.

The Death of a Poet

   Pushkin died defending his wife"s honor
Mandelshtam, a free spirit, was sent by the tyrant
    to die in a Gulag camp
Vysotsky drank himself to death in the face of
   all-pervasive Soviet lies.
Galper will die from gluttony
Killing himself with the half-price sandwiches
    at local Burger King.


©2005 by Alex Galper

Alex Galper was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and came to America at the age of 20. In 1996, he graduated from Brooklyn College, majoring in Creative Writing. His poems have been published in many Russian magazines. In 2002, his friends Igor Satanovsky and Mike Magazinnik translated some of his poems into English, and published his only book of billingual poetry, Fish Du Jour. See more of his work at his Web site.

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