Semyon Khanin was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1970. He is the author of two collections of poetry in Russian, Tol'ko chto (2003; Just now) and Opushchennye podrobnosti(2008; Missed details). His poetry has been translated into Latvian, English, Czech, German, Italian, Swedish, Estonian, and Ukranian. He is a participant in the literary project Orbita and editor of the almanac by the same name.
why did I keep yelling I'm an electricianI'm no electrician
what came over me
I gestured at outletscozied up to the circuit box, held the meter close
no one is buying it
here's my license, look, my ce...