Interview with Marta Markoska

What is the situation of poetry in your country?

Every generation has its own poetic, its own style, its own lyricism. That is because of their different perception of life itself. The world is changing, rearranging itself, and poetry is not immune to that. In my country there are a variety of poets and poetics among generations and I think nowadays poetry is the most respected among genres than ever. Maybe the new media allows us to be over productive in that field, because a poem can be written immediately, in one breath, and shared instantly, so that the poem stops being marked and determined nationally and becomes international.

Do you think poetry is an instrument that can bring different cultures and religions nearer?

Yes, most definitely. Poetry can get closer to any religion and relate with its conception; poetry can also overcome any kind of differences between people, their cultures, even their personalities. I’ve been in several International poetry meetings with poets from all over the world. We acted like we’d known each other for our whole lives. We were united in poetry. It’s the same with any kind of art, in general. For example, I’ve met a poetess from Greece who became a very good friend of mine. That shows how poetry can overcome political issues. Poets are ambassadors of their own country so wherever they go they represent the country at its best. Art is a universal language, the same as a smile.

Today language is becoming impoverished: can poetry return value to words?

Some words are useless, I agree with that. In a word of poverty and wars, people don't need words but deeds. Poetry cannot bring food on the tables of sufferers but it can make someone smile. And that is worth writing for. Poets are prophets. They can predict things before anyone else . I wrote my book "Black Holes within Us" almost 3 years before my marriage failed. It was an anticipatory book of the saddest and most traumatic periods of the 3 years that followed. Not just poetry can return the value to words but it has a reconstructive role too. It doesn't just build the language’s structure, but it can create whole new worlds, whole Universes.

Poetry in the world of young people. Does it have a future?

Of course poetry has a future. It is our duty to keep poetry alive. That is how we can stay alive. Mutual re-connection. We are making reciprocity: we live through poetry, poetry lives through us. Among young generations it's even easier to keep the flame of poetry burning because of the new media and social networks. Everyone has enough time to read a poem, while this cannot be said for reading novels. Despite of the everyday-(c)rush- of hours in our life, we are reading poetry from mobile phones; reading it while we sit on the metro, while we wait in line for something, while we cook, while we walk, while we sit on the toilet 🙂

Poetry on social networks: quality or rubbish?

It’s the same with everything: buying cloths by clicking the advertisements on social networks, quality or rubbish? Depends on your taste. I find these situations similar, don’t you think? Everything depends on the refinement of our personal taste. We should know what to choose and what to refuse. Everything has its own value. Our duty is to find what is the most suitable and most appropriate for us. And I strongly maintain that every poem will find its own reader. This statement can seem to make relative the values of junk and good quality poems, but in time quality can be refined and selected. Time is the measure, not human choice.

The poet Marta Markoska
The poet Marta Markoska