Sunday, May 13, 2012

Absinthe 17 Preview: Maria Doneva

This is the 13th in a series of posts previewing the new issue of Absinthe, our 17th, focused on Bulgaria. In this post we present a poem by Maria Doneva.

It’s so easy to love a stranger . . .

It’s so easy to love a stranger.
Who hasn’t dreamed of our shores.
We give him parrots,
Gold and flowers.
We learn his language.
To begin with parts of body.
Then we are talking.
And adopt with rapture
The new religion.
And then?
Old deities
Disturb our sleep.
Upon variable clouds,
Upon tame animals,
Upon rainy afternoons
The time is visible.
The boat that brought him
Is already repaired and waits.
O my promised land,
Let someone else inhabit you.

Translated by Lyudmil Lyutskanov

READ MORE by ordering Absinthe 17.

(c) Stanimir Vrachev
Learn more about Maria Doneva and Bulgarian literature at the Contemporary Bulgarian Writers site.

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