Peter Chukhov is a contemporary Bulgarian author of poetry and prose. Today we will pay attention to his poetic creativity, because with him he gained the fame of one of the leading Bulgarian poets of our time. Peter Chukhov is talented and provocative, his poems are close to us because they express the problems that the modern personality has to deal with.


His first book, The Garden of Weak Reality, was released in 1995, winning the Southern Spring Contest. The following are the collections of Rooney (1998), Pedro Mullet (1999 - Book of the Year by Egoist), Provinces (2000), Little Days (2002 - National Poetry Prize "Ivan Nikolov", "Rather Never" (2004), "Three" (2010), "When the Unicorns Return" (2011), in Bilingual (in Bulgarian and English) ) book with haiku and senru Safe Needles (2008; 2010). In 2003, his novel Snow White, which won a special prize from the competition for a new Bulgarian novel, was released. He is also the author of the children's play Toys without Toys (2012).


In his rich and varied work, poetry is a special place that expresses his genuine and easily recognizable talent. Unlike most postmodern authors who play with words, laying down meaning in the beauty of expression, Chukhov prefers the depth of concept. Poetry for him is not just self-realization, expression of the creative I, and predestination, way of life:



With a crumble
of whispering voice
my muse tells me
to stop
with word games

I'm listening
and I think
is it so difficult
to confess
that from the beginning
not me playing with words
and they
with me


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Without being existentialist, his poetry thematizes life, death and the meaning of existence, the profane-everyday and the sublime, the saving and impossible love. His poems can be conditionally divided into two types: conceptualizing, thinking about a problem, and expressing a momentary mood, through a deep metaphor.


The second type is you make haiku from Safe Needles. Usually these moods are oxymoronic: longing and reconciliation: ("Spring evening / nun puts / more sugar in her tea"), reconciliation and hope: ('Winter morning / funeral drink / black coffee'), loneliness and coziness: ("Her spoon / in a milk pan / winter morning").

photo: © Momchil Mihaylov Studio

Another part of you make haiku are more categorical, and thus much more pessimistic in their speech and messages. Boredom (disgusted) from everyday life that gives rise to a sense of meaninglessness: "day off / doesn't work / even the traffic light". Loneliness and the impossible human sharing in the world: "New Year's Eve / sinking into the festive noise / barking of a stray dog"). But he is also present in these works faith: ("Easter night / go home / with her flame") and the hope: ("Cloudy day / corner girl / presents sunflowers").


In his poetry, Chukhov sets out the disappointing notion that human existence is accidental and that life is painful and meaningless. This message is conveyed with the metaphor of awakening in the work Gravity:


In the morning
the lymph nodes are large,
the sinuses - numb,
bronchi - wounded.


You get it too late -
when you shook yourself
from the cradle of immortality
on the crumpled sheet.


The lyric I of Chukhov thinks man as a coincidence and insignificance in the world:


"You can"


you can show up
you can disappear
but always keep in mind
that you are not the sun


This philosophy of life seems to be generated by the insight that before death everything joyful and satisfying in life becomes meaningless. In the poem Autumn, through the metaphor of autumn we find this idea:


I thwart
empty bottle
I'm coming
yellowed fas
and I think - they have left over from the summer
only cliches


In the poetry of Peter Chukhov summer and winter meaningfully abstract life and death, but both metaphors are loaded with negative connotations. Life is meaningless from death, marked by the banal and the profane, and death does not make a promise of eternity.


The Middle Ages
is locked
rusty and not very reliable


inside the spiders
with heretical zeal
stretch nets -
dream traps -
and wait patiently
to finish




The cat came
in front of the temple door
on whose roof
grass was growing


did not go inside
he reached out
he yelled
and set up one


Another great topic in Chuhov's poetry is that of love. In his poems, the image of love is hopeful and giving meaning. Love is the eternal goal, the attainable wholeness of man:


Anonymous Spring


She was running
in bloomed rye
and her dress
the whole is in wounds
but her heart
is still whole -
like a vase
that will give him
for name day
as long as he finds out
how do you say.


It alone can fulfill the longing for human sharing. Loving, lyrical I of Chukhov seeks the fullness and depth of experience, absolute self-surrender:


I dreamed
your left hand
so real
that I thought
neither can the right one
not to be nearby


to see her
and then the whole
the soul
and your thoughts
you just have to
to cry in the dark
more light


Do not
Mephistopheles whispered to me
these are yours
death words.


In the works of love themes, the poet also discusses the opposite of this idea. Incomplete submission, cautiousness of Me makes the love affair impossible:


She does her own thing
serious and deep
cheating on him with X
and thinks how he is
during this time he stands behind the scale
in the dark shop
as always true to the principle
trust everyone
heresy to no one.


Peter Chukhov is a striking talent of the Bulgarian literary sky. His poetry opens the door to a world in which one thinks of himself, confronted with hurt feelings and fears.

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