Nikola Madzirov (1973) is one of Macedonia’s most distinguished poets. For the poetry from his book 'Relocated stone' (2007) he won both the Hubert Burda European Poetry Award and the most significant Macedonian poetry prize 'Brothers Miladinov'. He has published poetry, essays and translations. His poetry has been translated into more than fifteen languages and published in collections and ... more »
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One day someone will fold our blankets
and send them to the cleaners
to scrub the last grain of salt from them,
will open our letters and sort them out by date
instead of by how often they've been read.
One day someone will rearrange the room's furniture
like chessmen at the start of a new game,
will open the old shoebox
where we hoard pyjama-buttons,
not-quite-dead batteries and hunger.
One day the ache will return to our backs
from the weight of hotel room keys
and the receptionist's suspicion
as he hands over the TV remote ...