Alexander Hristov is a student at Veliko Turnovo University, which has won numerous poetry awards. His articles covering Bulgarian literature in modern times are some of the most followed texts in Bulgarian magazine. Recently came out and his first poem - The Road Monastery (ed. DAR-PX, 2017). Alexander's poetry speaks with the delicate language of metaphors, examines the process of returning to the past - his personal and worldly, talking to death as a friend, and turning the insignificant into an event. What inspires his pen, let's learn from him. 

 

What provokes the creation of a poetic work?

There are many different doors to verses, but only one of them is sometimes unlocked. And too rarely does the door open so that we can peek inside. No one knows for sure how, when and why this happens, or what or who takes us there. Some moments are renewable, but we can only guess about the process as it progresses. In the act of writing, such assumptions and all provocations function as stage decor - a scene on which the game has already begun.

Where is your abode?

To answer the question, I will refer to Ivan Dinkov. In The Honor of Literature, he states that "each of the truths that a writer believes in has only for him the value that he imparts to him in his own life." I believe that my abode is where words turn into a path where writing and life merge.

In your book you touch on some pretty dark topics, which is observed in other young authors. Why do young people write about death and loneliness?

I don't know why young people write about death, about loneliness… Each of us has his own view of the world, of himself and others, of the subject he touches on or develops, of the direction to it. If I had to go back from the Roadside Abbey, on the way back to my first verses, darkness was always present to one degree or another. I have thought, I have wondered why shadows are sheltered in my words… Probably they are present, because both death and loneliness are faces of life. If we consciously try to ignore them, we may find ourselves half blind.

Is there a topic you would definitely not touch on in your writing and why?

There is no topic that I would not touch. For me, topics are not strictly formulated columns to fill in, to fit in, they are not a schedule to follow seamlessly, they are not a goal I go to. First the inner urge rumbles, it passes like an autumn wind, invites the clouds, then it rains and with the rain comes everything else.

Should poetry reflect the inner world of its author or the external world in which he lives?

None of us lives only in our inner world or only in our outer world… Poetry must be free in order to be itself. Locking her in space… would mean depriving her of time… And she, through her own time, outlives all her firstborn places.

What trends do you see in Bulgarian literature today?

My observations lead to a one-sided conclusion. I notice tendencies, but I also notice tendencies. In my answer I use the title of a well-known text by Dr. Krastev, because the contemporary Bulgarian literary environment, despite all its differences from its past manifestations, although it is studied and created by today's many authors, allows similar balances. The attitude towards philosophy and the philosophical, towards the biblical and religious, towards the social is especially strengthened. When and where it is not a question of a tendency, but of a tendentiousness - it is evident by a careful reading of individual works.

Do you consider the classic verse to be outdated?

Outgrowth is all we see as an exhibit in a closed museum. In classic verse today, superb poems are written. A matter of handwriting and skills.

Is there any perspective for writing poetry in Bulgaria?

Perspectives are first and foremost personal. They exist when one cannot but write. If poetry were possible, poetry was erased and obliterated, there would be no prospect.

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