Nikola Madzirov, Remnants of Another Age
Nikola Madzirov is one of the most powerful voices of the new European poetry. He was born into a family of Balkan Wars refugees in 1973 in Strumica, Macedonia. His award-winning poetry has been translated into thirty languages and published in collections and anthologies in US, Europe, Latin America and Asia.
“The poems of Nikola Madzirov are similar in quality to the poems of the Nobel Prize winner Tomas Tranströmer. They are genuine and open; they put up no barriers to empathy and concentration. Their cosmos is only infused with detonations. Madzirov searches for a feeling of being at home that no longer requires walls.”
“Between wars, breaths, words and truths we live and die and come back to life. Nikola Madzirov’s poems are homes, graves and histories, occupied empty spaces that ask if there is any difference between what is here and what is gone. What is between the city and the cemetery, between what you speak and what you don’t? ‘Nothing is outside us,’ he says, but what he knows is that everything is between us. ‘Everything is a caress.’”