Guess Who?* (II)

My first dive into the ocean

A green sea shallow and frozen full of hot breath and a congenital subordination, happily embraced with a blade. their dark-hole eyes suck me up before dusk to deliver me absorbed and ruminated in the morning. every sweet rabbit running for its life perfectly matched with a buzzard on the sky. this is a land of borders like everywhere else but there is an anarchy of holes under these hills a trembling freedom waiting for the whole landscape to collapse and disappear into itself. i walk with my wet socks and think of this video I bought in Switzerland of a fireplace with a lit fire burning for hours, a good remedy for insomniacs and depressives. but I prefer to watch huge Atlantic waves on TV, whales diving while I sink into my sofa. and I don’t even call the sea, the sea, but silk cover or a bouquet of crystal flowers not that massive grinding water machine.


Marko Pogacar or Katerina Iliopoulou

* "Guess Who" texts are a series of poems which have been written during Crear Workshop, in Scotland. They can be considered as a game among the Wordexpress writers, so that one poet tries to imitate the style, themes and way of thinking of another poet. On the other hand, those poems indicate a significant outcome of poetry translation process (in Crear) during which the writers tried to get into the other's world- and, in fact, a clear sign of that they did it.


'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.


Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.


At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.