Skin of Nocturnal Apple, Misha Honcharenko, Pilot Press, 2022, 15 x 21 cm, 124 pages, PB, ISBN: 9781739702922
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‘Love, longing, desire, and death. Misha Honcharenko wraps these eternal subjects around a raw nerve, delivering poems so visceral, anguished, honest, and imaginatively rich, each work possesses its own atmosphere. Although these poems were written before the invasion of Ukraine, they rush into the blank spaces in our minds between front-line updates and casualty reports. Rarely is a poetry collection so hungry for life.’ 

— Christopher Bollen

‘The worlds that unfold in Misha Honcharenko's poems are at once tender and brutal, precise and capacious, exquisitely sensual even in the face of desolation. Such tonal shifts signal the book's pre-eminent quality, which is an insistence on freedom—freedom of thought, of image, of movement. This is a collection of uncommon urgency and beauty.’

— Jason McBride

‘There is an ecstasy in these poems, a turning toward the sublime even when they grow dark, a beautiful pulsing. Reading them, I felt like I was walking in a garden, the plants shining in the moonlight.’  

— Amina Cain

‘As the days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine continue, which at the time of this writing is ongoing, Misha Honcharenko has mindfully and meaningfully arranged a span of years preceding the war that are struck like tinder: elegiac odes to lusts of everyday beauty in its transience. I feel fortunate for the witness he has been.’ 

— Douglas A. Martin

‘Opening the pages of Misha Honcharenko’s book is instantly satisfying. A calm sets in. My eyes dive into the words. And then he puts his finger on something in a way I can recognise like no picture can do.’  

— Wolfgang Tillmans

Skin of Nocturnal Apple is the debut collection of Ukrainian artist and poet Misha Honcharenko. 

Written in the years prior to Russia's invasion in 2022, Skin of Nocturnal Apple offers a window into the life of a young queer man living and working in the future war-ravaged country. 

The collection is accompanied with an afterword by psychoanalyst and writer Nick Blackburn (The Reactor, Faber 2022)

Cover artwork by the author
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