Lyubomir Nikolov

Lyubomir Nikolov was born in the Bulgarian village of Kiryaevo in 1954. He studied journalism at the University of Sofia, then went on to work for various literary periodicals as an editor and translator. Since 1990, he has lived with his wife and two sons in the United States. He now broadcasts for the Voice of America and the BBC Bulgarian service; he also teaches poetry and translation in schools and universities.

Nikolov has published three major collections of poetry in Bulgarian: Summoned by the High Tide (Sofia, 1981), Traveller (Sofia, 1987) and Raven (Sofia, 1995). An English selection has appeared in the United States: Pagan, translated by Roland Flint and Viara Tcholakova (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1992). He has also been published in anthologies, notably Young Poets of a New Bulgaria (Forest Books, 1990) and Child of Europe: A New Anthology of East European Poetry (Penguin, 1991).

Lyubomir Nikolov’s poetry springs from an intense attachment to the landscapes of his homeland and the customs and remains that have been found there. The poems convey an acute sense of transience at the same time as a feeling for the past’s enduring presence in daily life. Death haunts his work, not as a negation, but as that which gives completeness to a life. Paradoxically (Nikolov seems to say) in removing us from life, death makes us permanent. It is the business of poetry to make these mysteries present to us.

-from the introduction by Clive Wilmer in MPT Series 3/2 Diaspora