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Written by Gueorgui Konstantinov

Translated from Bulgarian by Anton Chikakchiev

Narrated by Bill Wolak


We did the easiest thing–

we turned our faces away from each other

and walked our separate ways…

Only the sun tries to rescue our love:

We keep walking, each in different directions,

only our shadows keep holding each other…



Born in Pleven, Bulgaria, in 1943, Gueorgui Konstantinov graduated from the University of Sofia majoring in Bulgarian Philology in 1967. Since then, he has been employed as an Editor in the Literary Department of Bulgarian TV from 1967-71; as Chief Editor of Rodna Rech Literary Magazine in 1973; as Chief Editor of Plamak Literary Magazine in 1983, and as Director of the Publishing House Plamak in 1992. He has served as a Member of Parliament in the Fourth Great National Assembly in 1992; as Deputy Minister of Culture in 1995; and as President of the Bulgarian Center of P.E.N. International in 2001. He is the author of thirty-five books of poetry. His poems are included in anthologies of various languages including:  English, French, Russian, Japanese, German, Turkish, Greek, Arabian, Romanian, Hindi, Flemish, and Persian. He has received many awards and has participated in poetry festivals in Stockholm, Maastricht, Thessaloniki, Mexico City, Istanbul, Nicosia, Belgrade, Brussels, Bucharest, Riga, Tel Aviv, Delhi, Tehran, and Craiova. Currently, he lives in Sofia.
Anton Chikakchiev holds a master’s degree in Arab Studies and currently works as a media analyst in Bulgaria. He is also an artist who does drawings, paintings and photogrphy.




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