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Nikolai Kolev-Bosiya (1951-)

Studied Russian Philology at Sofia University. Persecutedfor his political convictions and was sent to prison, the sond time without any indictment.

Nikolai Kolev-Bosiya
Three square meters

(from the Detention Ward at Stara Zagora 17.3.89.)

 

 

 

 

 

What is the meaning of

 

 

three into 2?

 

 

 

 

 

A bed of onions—

 

 

to the farmer. The

 

 

frightful world— to

 

 

the baby. The last

 

 

home— to the old

 

 

man.

 

 

 

 

 

To me, however, it means a

 

 

cell scratched over, a life

 

 

catalogue of merry and sad

 

 

rhymes, desires, destinies

 

 

and just a cry.

 

 

 

 

 

A bedstead of

 

 

rough timber, a

 

 

sagging worn-out

 

 

mattress which can

 

 

never hear a

 

 

panting moaning

 

 

woman's voice.


translated from Bulgarian

Belin Tonchev


Last modified: November 15, 1997

p-miltenoff@nwu.edu