Stories on a Map

The Sky over Macedonia

Macedonia sky largeKatica Kulavkova


Ring of accessible

mountains and

inaccessible history.



Devilish ring

of tamed territories

and wild histories.



That’s where we

go back in time

through space.



Starved heart.

too much possessiveness –

too little love.

 © 2014 Katica Kulavkova
Translated by Richard Berengarten
Image: Alan Grant

Katica KulavkovaKatica Kulavkova was born in Veles, Macedonia, and is a poet, essayist and writer of short stories. She studied literature at the University of “Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje, at the Sorbonne and at the University of Zagreb. She has published more than twenty books of poetry as well as two collections of short stories, one play and forty other books. Her poetry has been translated into various languages and she has received numerous Macedonian literary awards. Katica is Professor of the Theory of Literature, Literary Hermeneutics and Creative Writing at the University of Skopje, a member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Art, a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and a Vice President of PEN International. Katica lives in Skopje and is married with one son. When not working, she enjoys astrology and photography.