Featured Poet: Margarita Serafimova
The Poet: Margarita Serafimova
I have been writing poetry since I was about sixteen but only became interested in publishing when I was thirty-nine. My first two books (full-length collections in the Bulgarian) came out in 2016 and 2017 when I was forty and forty-one. I write in both Bulgarian and English. I also self-translate (including into Greek). I started submitting poetry to English-language journals in December 2016, and have 45 acceptances to date. Many of my poems also appear in Bulgarian publications. By profession, I am a human rights attorney-at-law.
Some of my work: https://www.facebook.com/MargaritaISerafimova/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel.
The Poet's Bookshelf
Below are some of my favorites in literature, music and art:
We took our life, and we brought it high,
into the sky that exists under the surface
of the water.
Two mullets, lords in the clear water,
paused to look at the sunlight,
Last night in Athens, I met your life.
You were somewhere,
it was in the street.
It passed me by like a breath.
The raven is calling in passing.
Not one of the spirits
is answering him.
А loved one is as beautiful
as the great migration
through the savannah.
The beauty of his being
happened to me.
Hundreds of thousands of silver fish together.
The reason that light exists
is to show what
you and I are.
With you, I would go very deep,
very inside, there where
the unknown dolphins are.
A tall erect light is going up
the slope of winter.
A woman in love.
In the dark,
tears broke through,
and then the day carried the day.
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