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naviarhaiku263 – summer nightfall

лятна вечер небето бавно възвръща цветовете си   Vessislava Savova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has published four books so far, and her works have been included in many Bulgarian and international anthologies. Vessislava's awarded and honourable mentioned writings have been published in international magazines in nine languages. Seven[...]
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naviarhaiku262 – the reef’s silence . . .

This week we start a new, exciting collaboration with the Haiku Foundation. Once a month we’ll be selecting a haiku from their monthly project “per diem“, and the resulting compositions will be included in a post on their website, together with the haiku that inspired them. The haiku of the[...]
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naviarhaiku261 – mountain village

We conclude our exploration of the Bulgarian haiku scene with a poem by Iliyana Stoyanova, who selected all the poems we shared for the last 4 weeks. “Iliyana Stoyanova lives in England. She has a PhD in Theology. She is the Living Legacies Editor at the Living Haiku Anthology, Communications[...]
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naviarhaiku260 – winter sun

The last haiku of the year is a poem by Gergana Yaninska, selected once again by Iliyana Stoyanova to represent some of the most interesting contemporary Bulgarian haiku poets. “Gergana Yaninska (b.1960) is a midwife from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She has been writing haiku for several years and her work has[...]
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naviarhaiku259 – cloudy sky…

облачно… гарванът изграква слънчев лъч We continue exploring Bulgarian haiku poetry with a poem by the late Maya Lyubenova, one of the most well-known Bulgarian haijin worldwide. Maya Lyubenova was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She graduated from the English Language School in Plovdiv and later studied English Philology at Veliko[...]
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naviarhaiku258 – high-resolution snowflake

уголемена снежинка паяжина покрита със скреж Today we start a collaboration with poet and editor Iliyana Stoyanova. Iliyana, who I met in London last month at an event organized by the British Haiku Society, selected for Naviar a series of haiku written by Bulgarian writers: the first one, by Darina[...]
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naviarhaiku257 – daybreak

Together with Basho, Onitsura (1661–1738) helped redefine the haikai no renga (linked verse) and elevated it into a literary genre in its own right. Around this time, the opening stanza of this collaborative linked poem (hokku) started appearing as an independent poem, which Masaoka Shiki will rename haiku in the[...]
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naviarhaiku256 – Thin snow scatters on

Robert Hayden (1913-1980) published his first book of poems, Heart-Shape in the Dust, in 1940. Even though he was interested in African American history and often expressed his concerns about race in his writing, he didn’t want to be identified as a black poet. William Meredith wrote about him: “Hayden[...]
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naviarhaiku255 – The calm

Langston Hughes was another important literary figure of the Harlem Renaissance, and one of the first poets to use the syncopated rhythms and repetitive phrases of blues and jazz music into his writing. This form of poetry, called jazz poetry, became popular in the early 1920′s thanks to the Harlem[...]
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naviarhaiku254 – My soul is the wind

Despite being mostly known for his poetry, Lewis Grandison Alexander (1900-1945) was also an active actor, director of plays, and costume designer. He was an important member of the Harlem Renaissance: an intellectual, social, and artistic movement that aimed to celebrate African-American arts, which took place in New York in[...]
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