I was walking, swayed between the aromas of the sun
and the light of oleanders.
It was autumn, and I was wasting in the sultriness together with the cicadas,
and as a boat in a daze I was traversing it.
The air was penetrating me and having me,
I was a shell of the zephyr’s.
The great hills, clear,
are entering dusk.
I am beautiful, and do not know it.
Margarita Serafimova was shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize 2017. She has two collections in Bulgarian, "Animals and Other Gods" (2016), "Demons and World" (2017), and two more, “The Insolubility of Splendour” and “Earth and Love”, forthcoming in 2018. Her work appears in Agenda Poetry, London Grip New Poetry, Trafika Europe, European Literature Network, The Journal, A-Minor, Waxwing, Nixes Mate Review, StepAway, Ink, Sweat and Tears, HeadStuff, Minor Literatures, The Writing Disorder, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Noble/Gas Quarterly, miller’s pond, Obra/Artifact, TAYO, Shot Glass Journal, Poetic Diversity, Pure Slush, Harbinger Asylum, Punch, Tuck, Futures Trading, Ginosko, Peacock Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, Liquid Imagination, Dark Matter, Red Wolf, Window/ Patient Sounds, SurVision, Antinarrative, Basil O’Flaherty, Borfski Press, Wild Word, Plum Tree Tavern, Oddball, Soft Cartel, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Apricity, Aaduna, Transnational, MockingHeart, Pocket Change, Poetry Super Highway, Chachalaca Review, and Quail Bell. Some of her work may be found here: https://www.facebook.com/MargaritaISerafimova/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel.