(110/365) Poem by Ivanka Mogilska

Katerina has taken on the challenge of translating poems from Bulgarian and publishing 365 of them on her blog during 2015! This is post number 110!

The first publication of this translation was in The Season of Delicate Hunger: Anthology of contemporary Bulgarian Poetry


I want to be an animated character.
I want someone to draw me.
To think with my head.
To talk with my mouth.
To become a participant in a comic strip.
I want, whenever I make a mistake,
the artist to rub me out.
With an eraser.
And then
to draw me again.
Pure and righteous.
I want to be
a part of the matrix
and when it gets dangerous,
to hide in the rows
of identical screws,
wheels and buttons.
I want to be
the final credits
and the music at the beginning,
and if possible …
to choose
my artist.

Author: Ivanka Mogilska
Translated from the Bulgarian by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

Ivanka Mogilska is the author of poetry books and a novel. She lives in Sofia and works as a copywriter.

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