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April 8, 2014 by public ·

Tsvetelina Mareva`s interview with the composer Hampson Sisler


Hampson Sisler is one of the most prolific American classical composers living today.His first works were published at age nineteen starting with the H.W.Gray Co. and going on, with time, to Jos. Fischer & Co., Belwin Mills, E.P.Adams, Inc, World Library, Laurendale and Morning Star. He has written more than one hundred works for solo instruments, organ, voice, choir and orchestra.
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Artist of the Week – Stella Sidiropoulou

April 3, 2014 by public ·

Teodora Atanasova

Hello, please introduce yourself.

My name is Stella Sidiropoulou. I live and work in Thessaloniki Greece. I am an Instrumentation and Control systems technician in the Petrochemical Industry. I have been involved with photography since 2008.

What do you express with your photos?

The photos I create bring out my emotions and my thoughts as a reaction towards the reality, as I see it. The emotions I experience in my everyday life, the observation of others’ reactions and their way of living in general are my inspirations and motivate me to give my point of view through photography. Let’s say it reflects my aspect of what we call life.

Do you make money from photography? Do you think art can be too commercial if it is paid?

No, I don’t sell my work. It never came to my mind because I earn my living from my work, for now anyway. Maybe I will consider this in the future. Art must be paid because there are many artists that need the money to keep them going. But the amount of money cannot be too excessive because everybody must have the chance to own a work of art if they want. I mean that it shouldn’t be a privilege for only the rich. Art is for everyone. And the purchase of art must be kept away from the stock market. It mustn’t be a way of class differentiation but a way for class cohesion.

What inspires you?

Everything. Even inspiration inspires me!

What do you believe in?

I believe in the power of the mind. The power of knowledge. The power of emotions. And I believe that art consists of all these powers.

Which type of photography do you prefer?

I like many types of photography. From classic to surrealistic. In my work there is no limit I have to observe. I don’t follow restrictions. Through my work I “speak” to other people. So everything can be words and expressions for me. I use everything to say what I want- to express my inner thoughts and feelings. I use my photographs in the same way painters use their canvases and colors. I take the elements I need to compose images that express what I want to say. Sometimes I just create a mood through my processing and it is enough. Sometimes I combine photos in order to create one that best expresses me.

Please, tell us about one day of your life.

I am quite ordinary I’m afraid! I wake up very early to go to work. After that I return home, cook, maybe do some domestic work. And then my favorite part of the day is when I create and process my material. This is what I do with passion, I must say. Sometimes after that I meet friends and have a drink downtown. And so on.

Can you give a piece of advice to other photographers?

The only advice I could give is that they must find their own way. They must look inside themselves to show all of us their essence. Every photo must be a life manifesto. A way to awaken others so they see life as a unique opportunity to make a difference for future generations.

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Artist of the Week — Georgie Lalov

March 24, 2014 by public ·

Anna Simitchieva’s interview with Georgie Lalov

Hello Georgie, please introduce yourself briefly to our readers.

I am an actor and producer I live in Manhattan and I love to talk about film.

How important is for you the fact that you are a Bulgarian artist? Do you face a lot of difficulties because of it?

No, I never had any difficulties. I really love what I do.

Do you have a favourite movie of yours?

I think the Hobbit did an amazing job as well as American Hustle and I am excited to see the upcoming August Osage County!

You are starring in the new Scorsese’s film “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Please, tell us more about your part.
I play a rothchild broker. I had an amazing time meeting all those amazing people who worked on the movie and doing the party afterwards. Read on →

Lexicography of a Pig

January 24, 2014 by admin ·

Dimiter Kenarov

Translated from the Bulgarian by Dimiter Kenarov

Photo: Dave Kleinschmidt

a dictionary
we cut
into pieces
on the table,

chew on its words,
about their bloody
etymology. The tongue

only knows
what is
sweet, the eye
the shape
of the dish,
and then
the hand (mute, blind, clean)
writes poems
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January 22, 2014 by admin ·

Ivo Rafailov

Translated from the Bulgarian by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

Photo: János Balázs

I hang out,
smoke and drink coffee
before I shower.

On the white curtain
in the window
a giant fly makes me
look at it again.
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Noah, the Carrier

January 21, 2014 by Kristin Dimitrova ·

Kristin Dimitrova

Translated from the Bulgarian by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

Photo: Andreas Schauer-Villanueva

Noah told it differently.

To the Jewish delegation
he said that he freed the pigeon and
it brought back a branch.

The pigeon is the white herald of joy. It is the pure soul of the innocent and
foretells the beginning of a new life.

The forefathers approved the story
and adopted it.

To Gilgamesh, however, he’d spoken like this:

I freed a pigeon, but it returned.
I freed a swallow—same thing.
Finally I freed a crow and
never saw it again.
Then I realized it had discovered
both loot and land.

The crow is the black warrior among the birds. Flying against the good sky, it
is the first witness of the last transformation.

Gilgamesh understood this language.

When he was alone,
Noah said to himself:

“There is no way,
truth does not make a good legend,
yet legend is truth’s only carrier.”

He clearly remembered: it was actually the flies
that found the ship.


The Season of Delicate Hunger

January 21, 2014 by public ·


The Season of Delicate Hunger is a 334-page collection of contemporary Bulgarian poetry, containing 197 translations of works by 32 Bulgarian authors. All of these authors are alive, writing and actively participating in the Bulgarian poetry scene. They represent a diversity of talent, ranging in age from 72 to 21, with each at a unique stage of his or her career. This book has been edited by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, poet and translator living in the USA.
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January 17, 2014 by public · 1 comment

Sabina Karleva

Translated from Bulgarian by Bozhil Hristov

Photo: Untitled blue

today I confess my contempt of death.

you can chain me to the bedside
you can give me a golden goblet
you can pour salty water into a silver vessel
and summon the slaves who gather oranges in the garden

to come, to deck the windows with garlands,
to drive away the wasps from the deep throats of flowers
to pour a little honey into earthenware jugs, to hang the jewels made of amber

but just don’t deprive me of the earth on which I stand, Read on →

Meet a Bulgarian Poet: Kristin Dimitrova

January 7, 2014 by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer ·

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

As part of a new feature, Accents is proud to spotlight the Bulgarian-language poets of The Season of Delicate Hunger. Our first is Kristin Dimitrova.

Kristin Dimitrova was born on May 19th, 1963 in Sofia. She is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently The Garden of Expectations and the Opposite Door (2012), as well as a novel, two short story collections and a set of four travelogues. Kristin is also a co-scriptwriter of the feature film The Goat (2009). She has received five national awards for poetry, three for fiction and one for the translation of a selection of poems by English poet John Donne. Her poems, short stories and essays have been translated into 24 languages and published in 26 countries. She lives and works in Sofia.

What would you like for the American readers to know about Bulgarian poetry?

The concept of “Bulgarian literature”, I am afraid, is almost as general – and therefore vague – as the concept of the “American reading public”. This makes the question a bit difficult.

I’d like American readers to know that Bulgarian poetry exists. This might sound like a somewhat minimalist wish, but it is actually a big one, touching an optic blind spot that is rarely talked about. Writers, when they feel in the limelight of media attention, or are just drunk, tend to feel overgenerous and speak about the all-transcending power of literature – crossing boundaries, permeating forbidden territories, reaching people no matter where they are. If one writes in a language spoken by 7 million people, one cannot hold for long the illusion that this works both ways.

As for present-day Bulgarian poetry in particular, I am not sure it can be described adequately in national terms; at least, this is how it looks from the inside. Poetry, being an individual and therefore a very dynamic art – unlike folk music – depends more on personal voice than on tradition. Bulgarian tradition, with all its exceptions, used to be mostly patriotic verse in the 19th c., modernism in the first half of the 20th c., socialist realism in the second half, a host of choices and styles since the 90s: actually not too far from the tradition of any other nation with a similar historical fate.

An anthology, however, is not a study in ethnography, although it could be that as well. It is the possibility of communication and this is how I see it. Read on →

Things are well and going good

January 6, 2014 by Velina ·

Timothy Pilgrim

Photo: Corey Leopold

Actually, not true.
Life has turned into a fraudulent adverb

faking its way to death,
disguised as a successful modifier,

say, an adjective or gangly participle
with a whole covey of obedient followers.

As for going good, the well is –
how to put it — also a lie, Read on →

Artist of the Week — Paula Aparicio

November 11, 2013 by public ·

Teodora Atanasova talks with photographer Paula Aparicio

Paula’s photos filled with so much beauty and tenderness whisper something very unique.

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Please, introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Paula Aparicio and I’m a photographer.

When did you start taking photos?

My dad was antiquarian, I grew up going from one art gallery to another, usually in San Telmo. Also, my house had its walls full of paintings.

When I was 9 I realized that I wanted a black’n white lab. My parents couldn’t afford it as there were other priorities.

I don’t know exactly when it began, but if I have to choose a specific moment I would say it was in 2009 when I finally decided to take up this life.


What makes a good picture?

A good picture is one that moves you. It my also be a picture that produces an intense feeling, no matter what the feeling is.

What is like to be an artist in the 21st century?

I can’t really find an answer to this question.

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October 29, 2013 by Velina · 2 comments

Photo by the author

They are the only people on the boat.

The woman is sitting in the manner that a woman sits when holding a child on her lap, or when nursing a child.

The boat is getting closer to the shore and the boy working there is fastening it, tightly. He is doing it as if he could manage with his eyes blindfolded. A few movements and now it’s all done.

I see that the woman is indeed holding a child on her lap. My thought is that the baby is a girl. It is rather subconscious. Maybe it is because there are two sons. One of them, the oldest, seems to be in his mind already on the land as he is standing right at the place where you get off. I notice him the last. He seems to be at the age when children dive in the certainty of self-sufficiency. He reminds me of a milk-tooth lost in the sink. Read on →