Metaphysics of Love
Under an iridescent rainbow of spices
shipwrecking through the air
under the awning of Andromeda
awaits a portal
whose path is through the flesh of
the newly arrived in the country
that no one tries to conquer.
The guards in the sky
agree that your angel
tastes like rose
someone’s falling wings
are sending their regards
to the planet that eats its
impatiently waiting her deathtouch
or your nose
and your fingers
yearning for holy spices,
The Smile of the Ice-Cream Man
The smile of the old ice-cream man on the square
rises again in the chests of the passengers
a smell of a lost wind rains around the children's heads
and drips them with holy water
from the cotton candy clouds
while street dogs are baptized in blurred puddles
the thirsty eyes of the old ice cream man
wait to drink from the sky that the magician with a colorful tie
lays down in front of everyone
puts it in a hat
a paper sheet is left blank up there
on which street harmonicas with dusty notes draw
resembling a watermelon and a shade of a weary summer.
From behind a balcony on a cracked facade
five to six swallows set off to find us
following line segments
and incidentally they meet on the other side of the planet
the ice cream man sits on a box of old wood
the fall of each drop back into the fountain
the blunt step of the second hand of the watch
and the rain set to fall strictly at noon
supposed to whitewash into a dream
the air from the nearby meadow
where the dogs spurt, passing on a chariot
the wide untold smiles.
Stefan Markovski is a contemporary Macedonian writer, poet, screenwriter and philosopher.
Born in the town of Gevgelija (01. 12. 1990), he’s completed primary and secondary education in his hometown, graduating on both the Department of Comparative Literature, Faculty of Philology and the Institute of Philosophy of Ss. Cyril and Methodius State University of Skopje.
He’s obtained a MA in Screenwriting at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts (FDU) in Skopje with a feature film script titled “My Name Is Freedom” and theoretical explication of the potentials of the hybrid crime-drama genre within the future of Macedonian cinematography.
Markovski’s writing career and contribution to modern Macedonian literature has granted him literary prizes and honors in Macedonia, including the “Macedonian Literary Avant-garde” for a book of short stories, “Petre M. Andreevski” Prize for novel, “Beli Mugri” for a poetry book, “Krste Chachanski” for a book of short stories, The “7-th November Award” of Gevgelija municipality, “Knjizevno pero” of Croatian Writers’ Association (HKD), prize of UNESCO for Macedonian writers up to 30 years of age etc.
Mentioned in anthologies of modern Macedonian literature, participating in festivals around the country and abroad, some of Markovski’s works have been published in over 20 languages.
He’s taken part in the Other Words literary residency in San Sebastian in 2018.
Markovski is a member of Macedonian Writers’ Association, the Macedonian center of the International Theatre Institute, the European poetry platform “Versopolis” and other international associations.
He’s the chief editor of the oldest Macedonian literary magazine – Sovremenost as well as the poetry collections of the project Metric caravan.
Associate Partner:- 'The Resurgence Poetry Prize'
World’s first major ecopoetry award. With a first prize of £5,000 for the best single poem embracing ecological themes, the award ranks amongst the highest of any English language single poem competition. Second prize is £2,000 and third prize £1,000.