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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 54 | volume X | May-June, 2007



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 54May-June, 2007

In Honor of Daisies

On the book of poetry The Housemaster and Margaret by Nina Bulgakova – Skopje: Dialog, 2006

p. 1
Vesna Mojsova-Čepiševska

In honor of daisies[1]

1. First reading possibility, the simplified version
    (for those who hadn't read – or hadn't recently re-read – The Master and Margarita[2] by Mikhail Bulgakov):

    At the beginning, as first possibility to absorb this poetry book by Nina Bulgakova, I must start with her own warning for the eventual readers – that this is one very much intimate poetry. As she claims in her own (auto)Prologue of her book, she fully understands the common uneasiness of the intimists, that means she accepts and justifies it. So it sounds quite logical when she admits that I was refusing to undress my innerself in poetry, and immediately after that she accents the real reasons why she finally and actually did that after all, because, as she says – while I was refusing, Daisy/Margaret was insisting on it. Daisy/Margaret wanted that, and Daisy/Margaret was capable of doing it! In the name of the self-acceptance (accepting of oneself and of others) these verses happened.
    Her expressive attitude requires maximum freedom of the formal aspect. That's why the inner-rhythm governs in her poetry exclusively dictated by the emotions. All of her emotions and inner-senses, Bulgakova manages to sublime into one word, as for instance, the word bastion in her same-named opening song of this book, or as the words balm, circle, dinner, needle, etc. Much likely a men or a child overwhelmed by the power of one's emotions. Anyway, the human personality is so strong that however the intention to express a pure thought is great, at the end, the human being is expressing mostly emotions. But, in that way, those chosen words have the greatest intensity of their own, and that's why – when those words are articulated that way – they can spear and nests in the very core of human soul. Those words – in the most of the cases – are equal to the ‘arch-sound'. And the syntactic construction in her verses is actually a sum of that kind of ‘arch-sounds', rhythmically linked:
    An almond in the throat.
    A bastion in the Heart.

    A biedermeier of doubts
    under the veil of kisses.

    Brocade under the loins
    and the Bulgakov's Master
    carefully hidden in the bosoms.

    Bulgakova always knows to show moderation in her expression and rhyming, but at the same time to manifest her untamable nature in playing with that same expression manner, as in the song Mantra:
    I do Mantras,
    Magic spells I throw at you.

    Medallion on your neck.


1. Behind the Daisies, I recognize an awakening, freshness, a new wind blowing in the contemporary Macedonian poetry. So, this title isn't just randomly choosen to be in a dialog only with the title of the Nina Bulgakova's poetry book, but also to accent that those verses give a new breath to the Macedonian word of poetry. The expression “In Honor of Daisies” is a synonym for “In Honor of the New Spring in Macedonian Poetry”. Namely, the confessional poetry becomes recognizable in the so called 'intimate phase' (1950-1955) which happened as euphoric awareness of the poets' right to speak for himself as himself. At the beginning, there were much naïve romanticism and sentimentality, so many poets recognized the limitations of this very personal way of expression; actually, they were placed in front of their own incapability to structure there intimate confessions to sound and seem as real poetry. But, this phase in Macedonian poetry meant the only way to the real lyricism, with the further refining of that kind of expression. And this poetry book of Bulgakova is the real example of such newly-refined poetic expression.
2. Margarit(k)a = Daisy

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