Small Stations Poetry in Bulgarian

Petja Heinrich (Sofia, 1973) is a poet, blogger and cyclist who talks to birds. She is the author of five poetry collections, and the founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine No Poezia. She received second place in the National Slaveykov Award for poetry in 2010. Her poetry is experimental, sensitive and philosophical. It makes you think of it as a mathematical equation. And it keeps your passion alive until you manage to solve it. It has numerous variants and an open end. 

Zsuzsa Beney was a poet, literary critic and doctor specializing in lung disease. She worked as a doctor in Budapest and at the same time was a doctor in philology. She wrote poems, essays and novels, carried out translations and scientific research. Central themes of her poetry are pain, the mirror images of existence and non-existence, life’s paradoxes. Objectless Existence is one of her final works, dedicated to the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, a comprehensive, Homer-like poem about death. Beney won many literature awards, including the Radnoti Award for lifetime achievement and the award of the Hungarian Writers’ Association.

Edvin Sugarev is assistant professor at New Bulgarian University, a poet and publicist. All his life he has written a large amount, always unreasonably. He is the author of twenty-two poetry collections, one novel, four books of criticism and literary history, several books of current affairs and hundreds of articles in magazines. He has been the publisher of the magazine Most, editor-in-chief of the weekly Literaturen vestnik and director of the newspaper Demokratsiya. He has worked in a variety of jobs: as a postman, MP, ambassador to Mongolia and India, and so on. His book of fragments is a reflection on life in which natural phenomena gravitate around the author’s erudition and philosophical depths. “Everything is said,” writes Sugarev, “but everything has long been forgotten and has to be said again.”

Lois Pereiro is the most charismatic Galician poet. A rebel and follower of the surrealist movement, he died at the same age as Christ as a result of accidental poisoning, a drug addiction and Aids. He left behind three poetry books, the first of them published posthumously. His work is filled with fantastic visions, with faith in resurrection in and through the other, and with life and poetry in “tonality”. He sends a message to us of anger towards a brutal world in comparison with the image of a flower and a revival for a new beginning.

In his most recent collection, Yordan Eftimov again provokes with the presence or absence of a lyrical hero. His poems are hot-honest and endowed with an ill-defined presence. Using the evolutionary development of the human being from an amoeba to a killer or the act of making love on top of a grave, regardless of the ugliness or beauty of the gesture, the main purpose being to arouse the senses, the author provides a true story which clouds thoughts in order to awaken the reader from his lethargy.

Winner of both the Ivan Nikolov and the Hristo Fotev Poetry Awards in 2013.

Plamen Antov’s poetry has always been rich in images, thought provocations and post-modern references. In this book, however, the author places a greater emphasis on immediate experiences of politics and nature, with an instability in the language like literature or a judge and medium between the higher and ordinary. The value of language depends on the author’s position between these two poles. To serve mammon or God.

The material and spiritual dimensions combine in this unusual book of poems from the experienced Bulgarian poet and translator Rada Panchovska. She gives us her vision of city life, managing to note down details that are important but often pass unnoticed. She steps through the borders of the contemporary world and the natural world we all inhabit with an ecological footprint, displaying sensitivity and cautiousness.

An anthology of sixty poems in Bulgarian translation. The American writer Raymond Carver had a difficult life but managed to find peace in the end. These sixty poems chart his journey from drunken beginnings to the realization that someone was waiting for him and happiness can be found in the simplest moments, for example watching the newspaper boy and his friend walk up the road in the early morning. The author comes out of himself to view himself from the outside and then to break in: “I bashed that beautiful window and stepped back in”. This is a book that is never without humour and modesty, the lessons of years.

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