Daniela Andonovska-Trajkovska

“House of Contrasts” poem by Daniela Andonovska-Trajkovska, Republic of North Macedonia. Italian translation and Art by Lidia Chiarelli


When I open the front door to enter my home

through the back door my shadow goes out

and no one sees the flood in my working room

because of the blossomed orchids on my living room’s window

and no one could ever feel the scent of pine trees

that is coming from my back window

and no one, no one at all

can see the invisible resin of the past

laid on the coffee table at which I entertain guests

with Greek coffee, Turkish delight and German chocolate 

and when I speak аloud in my sleeplessness

no one, no one at all can hear

how the day crumbles in me

and comes into pieces again all at once as X-ray does

so no one will ever point finger on my naked body



Quando apro la porta d’ingresso per entrare in casa mia

attraverso la porta sul retro la mia ombra esce

e nessuno vede l’inondazione nella mia stanza di lavoro

per le orchidee in fiore alla finestra del mio soggiorno

e nessuno potrebbe mai sentire il profumo dei pini

che viene dalla mia finestra sul retro

e nessuno, proprio nessuno

può vedere la resina invisibile del passato

sul tavolino da caffè con cui intrattengo gli ospiti

con caffè greco, delizie turche e cioccolato tedesco 

e quando parlo forte nella mia insonnia

nessuno, proprio nessuno può sentire

come la giornata si sgretola in me

e si scompone tutta in una volta, come sotto i raggi X

così nessuno punterà mai il dito sul mio corpo nudo

Digital Art by Lidia Chiarelli


Daniela Andonovska-Trajkovska (born February 3, 1979, Bitola, North Macedonia) is poetess, scientist, editor, literary critic, doctor of pedagogy, university professor. She works at the Faculty of Education-Bitola, St. “Kliment Ohridski” University-Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia and teaches the courses:  Methodology of Teaching Language Arts, Creative Writing, Critical Literacy, Methodology of Teaching Early Reading and Writing, ect.  She is co-founder of the University Literary Club “Denicija PFBT UKLO” and also of the Center for Literature, Art, Culture, Rhetoric and Language at the Faculty of Education-Bitola. She is member of the Macedonian Writers’ Association, and The Bitola Literary Circle, and was president of the Macedonian Science Society Editorial Council (for two mandates). She is editor in chief of the literary journal “Rast” issued by the Bitola Literary Circle, and also – editor in chief of the International Journal “Contemporary Dialogues” (Macedonian Science Society), and “Literary Elements” Journal (Perun Artis), several poetry and prose books. Besides her scientific work published in many international scientific journals (over 100 articles), and one university book “Critical Literacy”, she writes poetry, prose and literary critics. She has published one prose book: “Coffee, Tea and the Red Sky” (2019), and 8 poetry books: “Word for the Word” (2014), “Poems for the Margins” (2015), “Black Dot” (2017), Footprints” (2017), “Three” (2019), “House of Contrasts” (2019), “Electronic Blood” (2019), and “Math Poetry” (2020). She has won special mention at the Nosside World Poetry Prize (UNESCO, 2011), the award for the best unpublished poem at the Macedonia Writers’ Association Festival (2018), “Krste Chachanski” prize for prose (2019), National “Karamanov” Poetry Prize for poetry 2019, Macedonian Literary Avant-garde (2020). Her poetry was published in a number of anthologies, literary magazines and journals both at home and abroad, and her works are translated into: English, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Albanian, Romanian, Polish, Chinese, Arabic, Turkish, Vietnamese, Uzbek, Bengali, and Italian language. She has translated many literary works from English, Serbian and Bulgarian language into Macedonian and vice versa.