Bulgaria Renowned Poet Vaptsarov Newly Discovered Poems to Be Published in 2009

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Bulgaria Renowned Poet Vaptsarov Newly Discovered Poems to Be Published in 2009: Bulgaria Renowned Poet Vaptsarov Newly Discovered Poems to Be Published in 2009 Decmeber 7 is the birthday of the Bulgarian poet Nikola Vaptsarov. File Photo

The niece of renowned Bulgarian poet Nikola Vaptsarov, Maya Vaptsarova stated on Sunday that eight new poems, written by her uncle have been recently discovered and have never been published, the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) reported.

Maya Vaptsarova, who is also a writer and a movie director, spoke on the occasion of the Day of the Navy Military Academy in the Bulgarian Black Sea capital Varna. The Academy is named after the famous poet and sailor and celebrates their official holiday on December 7 - Vaptsarov's birthday.

"There are new poems, locked in a bank safe deposit box. We are awaiting the permission of their owner to open them and to reveal the poems. Those are verses written in the prison cell, shortly before my uncle's death. Eight poems are something very significant. I have seen them - the verses are truly unique," Vaptsarova said.

Vaptsarova further explained that the poems' publication was expected in 2009, when the country would celebrate the 100th anniversary of the poet's birth.

Nikola Vaptsarov was born on December 7, 1909 in the mountain town of Bansko. After high school he attended the Marine Machine School in Varna (the today's Navy Academy is the school's successor), and traveled as a sailor on the "Druzki" and "Burgas" ships, visiting Istanbul, Famagusta, Beirut.

Vaptsarov dreamed of studying literature, but because his family could not afford it, after graduating from the Marine Machine School, he held several blue collar jobs as a technician and mechanic.

In 1940, Vaptsarov began collecting signatures in the Bulgarian Southern mountainous Pirin region for the so-called "Sobolev Action" - a propaganda action lead by the then illegal Bulgarian Communist Party in support of the friendship and collaboration pact, offered to Bulgaria by the Soviet Union.

Vaptsarov was arrested over his activities and exiled in the village of Godech, near Sofia.

After the end of the exile, he initiated subversive activities against the German army in Bulgaria. The poet was arrested once again in March, 1942 and sentenced to death by shooting on July 23. He was executed the same night.

Vaptsarov's only book of poetry "Motor Songs" was published in 1940. In 1952 the poet received posthumously the honorary World Peace Prize.
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Bill - 8 Dec 2008 // 21:12:29


I wouldn't call rock music a "wsste of time", because it certainly has a huge following, and the stars are multi-millionaires. I just don't like the lack of what even my physics professor called the necessities to fit the definition of music.

Poetry is the same way. It's a matter of taste as to who the consumers are, but not a waste of time. I've even written some poetry myself, and some of has even been published. It's not anyhthing I'd want to depend upon for a living, but I usually try to come up with something when I get the 2muse" going for a specific occasion.

I could even write an ode to Bo if I could think of something to rhyme with "a$$hole".

FIGMENT - 8 Dec 2008 // 20:40:30


Writing poetry is a waste of time in my book, just like playing rock&roll and new wave music is a waste of time in your book. Interestingly, I don't have a problem with contemporary music like I have with poetry. Frankly, poetry puts me to sleep.

DP - 8 Dec 2008 // 17:33:52


It is abundantly clear that you pursue some sort of a personal vendetta towards Tsar Boris and that is spilling over into your hate for Simeon. Will you enlighten us what is the reason? You must have some grievances but you do not talk about them--simply spew slogans. I would be very interested to hear your story.

As far as Vaptzarov goes, it was Elisaveta Bagriana who was the one that was asked to evaluate Vaptsarov's credentials and she simply was very dismissive of Vaptsarov's talent and accomplishments. Later she became a darling for the commies and is revered as one of the greatest Bulgarian poets. And rightfully so, I think. But there is that spot on her legacy due to her failing to help Vaptsarov.

Bill - 8 Dec 2008 // 15:55:37


On that basis, I'll have to agree with you. Such things are a matter of taste. I suppose I'm too much of a purist, but after growing up with the likes of the Romeros, I just can't call what these youngsters do with a guitar really knowing how to play one, especially without amps.

But I do think you're overly strong when you call poets "losers". Granted, many are, but not all.

FIGMENT - 8 Dec 2008 // 15:02:07


I have no use for poetry, just like you have no use for some art forms. Rock music comes to mind. I seem to remember how /0 and Rolli tried and tried to force you to experience it, and you just knew you did not like it and no one could force you to change your mind, no matter how much they insulted you. Well, I am like this about poetry. It is just words, just mumbo jumbo to me. I do not enjoy it, never have, never will. Some opera or even ballet I do enjoy, but no poetry.

Bill - 8 Dec 2008 // 14:30:20


"I personally have NO use for poetry."

That's really too bad, you know. Poetry is one of the arts, and without it no society can call itself truly cultured.

Some of it is really beautiful, and so are music, opera, ballet, sculpture, prose writing, painting, etc. They all add to the cultural side of a society, which we all need after too heavy a dose of practicality.

FIGMENT - 8 Dec 2008 // 13:37:21

I personally have NO use for poetry. Poets are useless, ineffectual human beings. As far as I am concerned, all poets can starve to death. No big loss to humanity.

CreepyS - 8 Dec 2008 // 12:52:38

It is not so much the fault of the King but as DP said the fault of the fellow BG poets who were in position to help him - as far as I know the King did ask someone whether Vapcarov was indeed a big talent and that person replied "Oh, he is nothing special as a poet" and that was that.

Buddy - 8 Dec 2008 // 12:12:38

Thank you. One of the greatest bulgarian poets was not pardoned in 1942 by the German King, because Vaptzarov fought the german and bulgarian Nazis! Unfortunately the son of that German King continous to walk unabated the streets, roads and Mountains of Bulgaria and to assamble wealth from the sell out of bulgarias forestts! Hope that everything wills top one day....
And that day is not to far away!!!

DP - 8 Dec 2008 // 03:46:36

Hi, BIll!

DP - 8 Dec 2008 // 03:43:45

Hi RS,

I see that Plamenski has left. Don’t think he is banned—he is a good egg methinks too. Probably simply doesn’t feel like talking to us for the moment. Hope he will change his mind.:-)

On the local evening news there was plenty of coverage regarding the NFL game. It is pretty cold tonight, but the streets were full with people going to the game. Afterwards all will be partying, regardless of who wins, I think. There were fans from Buffalo and Miami. The first ones couldn’t care less about the weather, and the Floridians were walking around all wrapped up in shawls and scarves covering their faces—just their eyes showing. Losers! LOL

And don’t you talk to me about Bill. Just saw his post and realized that I blew it! I am crushed! Hope you won’t abandon me too now! Life sucks...:-((((((((((

You too keep warm and safe!
Leka nosht! :-)

Bill - 8 Dec 2008 // 02:59:14


"I think Bill has a crush on you."

Are you serious? Right after she went and blew my good opinion of her and got on my case for holding it?

Rollingstoned - 8 Dec 2008 // 01:41:19

"I see plamenski hanging around here in silence,"

Hey DP

I see that too and I am perplexed. Is Plamenski "Banned"?

He is a good egg in my book and wish he would participate in our conversations even though I have no idea where he is, anymore!

Psst DP
Just between you and me.....I think Bill has a crush on you.

When are you going to tell him that you're taken by the guy on the south shore?
Hope you are staying warm and you're enjoying that an NFL game is being played in your city, for the first time, right now.......I have a feeling that you don't give a rats ass about that though....for the others.....Miami is beating Buffalo.
I hate both teams.
The NY Giants are The Super Bowl Champions!
And I smell a "repeat" even though they lost, today. :-(

Cheers DP
Stay warm and safe! :-)

DP - 7 Dec 2008 // 23:17:19


That's of course, if he, Vaptsarov, had lived to see what he was fighting for, and his newly discovered poems were published instead of being kept secret.

Well, now all that speculation is immaterial ;-)

DP - 7 Dec 2008 // 22:26:52

Now I am just speculating, but I think that this newly discovered poems were kept in secret because whoever got them was concerned about Vaptsarov's image as the champion for proletarian commie ideology. That he sure was. But he was far more talented than Mayakovsky and the rest of the talentless slogan-spewers. His slogan-spewing was powerful.

The last poem known till now, written in prison, as a farewell to his wife Boika is beautiful. I see plamenski hanging around here in silence, but if I am not mistaken he did post that one once upon a time. I might be wrong though, eh, Plamene?

If those newly discovered poems are anything like the one I just mentioned, it would have been considered decadent, self-indulging, personal bourgeoisie propaganda by the commies, and could have cost him, Vaptsarov, a lot. Perhaps a vacation with free accommodations in Belyane? ;-)

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