Elina Petrova lived in Ukraine and worked in engineering management until 2007. Her first poetry book and publications were in Russian. In the United States, she published two poetry books in English: Aching Miracle (2015) and Desert Candles (2019). Elina’s poems have appeared in Texas Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Texas Poetry Calendars, FreeFall (Canada), Voices de la Luna, Melancholy Hyperbole, Panoply, Poetry of the American Southwest, various anthologies by Mutabilis Press, and several poetry festivals. A frequent Pushcart Prize nominee, Elina was a finalist for the post of Houston Poet Laureate in 2015 and Austin International Poetry Fest’s Featured Poet in 2019.
Content by Elina Petrova
BY Elina Petrova
After your birthday dinner, you said life
didn’t turn out the way you wanted.
Then, who wanted the way it turned out?
If no one, why did it turn out that way?
I wanted a son, summers in a fishermen’s
village, and an endless book where seagulls
would dispute the catch of memories…