Mitko Gogov, North Macedonia



Anathomy of warth

Secret restlessness

The Poems


Because the codes are mixed up,
because a true thought is replaced
with a seemingly important one.

Because we are the generated patriots
of the unwritten history.

That’s why we’re insignificant dust,
a forgotten dying star
– a Mayan wish to be reborn.

Somewhere in the holes of the arteries
we play, warming
– like the clay bricks and the glass wool
in the storage heater.

Anatomy of warmth.

I identify myself in each pore
of the trees,
I search for the centre of my home
in the cracked dry fields.

Then with the clods I make the planetary system,
the universe of the hidden groundwater,

my Cosmos.

Translated by Nikola Gjelincheski


we wake up in need of love,
it’s simple –
more love is needed.
yet there are no such shops…

we’re fragile,
hidden in our own weight,
howling like the wind
while words
stick in our throat.

clouds too are like people,
each one of them carries its own weight.

only silence blows our hats away.

tame the restlessness within you and
speechlessness will tell stories.

Translated by Nikola Gjelincheski


The Poet

Mitko Gogov is entrepreneur & conceptual artist, published poet & short stories writer born 1983 in Skopje, North Macedonia. Youth worker and civil activist, blogger … open for communication. #culture #art #media. He writes poetry, short stories, essays and journalism. He writes haiku, senriu, renga which he publishes occasionally in the micro blogosphere twitter. His work so far has been present and translated in several anthologies, collections and journals for literature and art in India, Pakistan, Taiwan, Philippines, USA, China, Russia, Spain, Italy, Romania, Belorussia, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, Check Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo, Greece, Albania, Bulgaria … He’s current with his first collection “Ice Water” published in 2011 in Serbia, and in 2014 issued in Macedonia, in the edition “Fires” for the publishing house “Antolog”, supported by the Ministry of culture and the new poetry book “Secret letter” which was in the top 5 books for the “Braka Miladinovci” award at Struga poetry evenings. Awarder poet with few international awards in his country and around the world. President of the Association for cultural development and protection of cultural heritage “Kontext – Strumica” and organizer of the international movement and festival “100 Thousand poets for change” in Macedonia, Strumica for the last 10 years. Founder of the awards “Antevo slovo” (Italy) and “Antevo pero” (North Macedonia) in the honor of the famous poet and intellectual, Ante Popovski. CEO & founder of the internet portal and one of the editors at the ezine for culture and literature He organize many other cultural and art events, collaborating with youth, art, film and theater festivals.