Pieta (2016, Signs) is Georgi Gavrilov's second poem after the Book Boat Logbook (2015, Signs), the first to be recognized in national competitions. In the last four years Gavrilov not only wrote two books, published in different editions, won awards, but also worked at the Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
A "Pieta" was born along this path to say "always the way."
The book's opening is reminiscent of a gap in the walls of Babylon: through the multilingualism of the titles, the poems connect the thematic points in sections, the sections in roads. The real journey in Pieta is the journey to knowledge and self-knowledge, through the pursuit of understanding one's neighbor, the pursuit of approaching the tangible and the intangible. You knew the world and its laws, you love them, you know yourself and the other in you - and you can bear the punishment for that knowledge.
"I can make a child a woman god
I can cry them
I can love them
and bear the punishment
I can find them in myself
or hide them there
when he does not change
In the course of the poem, the boundaries of thought are overcome, the dust returns to dust, the way to its beginning, the shaped statue is opened under the oval stone, the life-giving spirit emerges from the decaying flesh, from the many years' journey in the nature of things there remains the need for unity and comprehension.
"Hold my hand Pieta
to keep our hands empty
when the meaning
introduce ourselves "
In Pieta, art takes on, at the same time, the form of an equal companion with whom it is interviewed, which has its time and place, and the body of a stream that flows into words. Some of the sources from which he draws his poetry collection are listed, others are hidden in the aisles and can be recognized. The texts, for example, pass through the irrigation waters of the biblical and its multiple interpretations - from metaphors and images, through Michelangelo's Pieta, or rather, the theme of the dying in the hands of Mary Jesus, to the phases of approaching the source, to the first act of creation.
"Write like this
as if that would be it
the first book
so write it
so create the man "
Man is re-created, he repeats his mythic cycle, goes through his personal "Via Dolorosa" through the dry land of his life, with his "God-fearing" intentions, with prayer, with love, but the trinity brings the mark of uniqueness, of life as exceptional, "first, last and only. " Thus, Pieta is "uttered" as the only one, as the first book, and can be read through "utterance" as a continuous reference to the first: the first word as the primary of the essential. If "always is the way," then the way is a circle, and in the circle one lives in his many returns, in the myth of his eternal return.
The verse collection begins with "talk" and ends with "cover". Between the first and the last poem, others roam as crusaders, tracing different meaningful and emotional trajectories, though they often meet and intersect to gather again at the beginning of the journey - at the Word.
Pieta's life does not end after cover. It goes on to no end with the promise, "You will be!" The poem consists of two cycles that split its verbal finality. The first cycle has found its language and its realization, without which the second could not be. The second cycle is marked but contains no texts - it is a provocative call, a white page, to be turned as a mirror the last line of the poems to the reader.
Pieta has already been written and can be added - not only because the second cycle hands the pen to the other to continue, but also because of the internal landmarks directed to the next lap, to the next step, to the next poem, to the next "talk" .
sunken in contemplation of the purple grains of sand
how to walk again
how to talk again
when on your previous purveyor
are you a man "