Seven Seasons: Collected Poems
by Detelina Stoykova-Asenov; MindMend Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1-942431-14-5 (soft, color)
“Seven Seasons,” Detelina Stoykova-Asenov’s debut collection of poems, encompasses poetic experiences from a span of twenty years. Living in the world Old and New, her poetics assign a vocabulary and inhabits this home/no-home environment, moving effortlessly between those worlds. The poems are organized in seven chapters, distinguished by themes, lyricism and architectonics, from haiku and miniatures to ballads and odes, with a variety of expressive means. Nature, seasons, travel, dreams, connectedness – between people and between people and nature – form the atmosphere in this collection.
Detelina Stoykova-Asenov is an educator, writer and a psychoanalyst residing in New Jersey. She had been a journalist and a TV and radio reporter. Her scholarly articles were published in specialized literature in her native Bulgaria and in the US.
Detelina’s poetry shelters meaning beyond the scopes of the known, where the mind is bent toward nature; not in order to think, but to feel. In this way, Detelina has become so free that she is able to express and make confessions through love. This is poetry of the internal being, where the words do not die off in conflicts. The ocean is best contemplated through the shore, the rain makes the space intimate, and when she felt the maturity of her pen, she turns toward the smiling childhood of her memories… She lives where she dreams, and in her reality, she keeps the dream of the words, to put them in metaphors beyond words into the gold of silence.
— Dr. R. Radev, University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.
Detelina Stoykova’s poetic sensibility spans from the expanse of visions in nature to the visceral passions of tango. She highlights the visceral and emotional intimacies provoked by the dance. Yet she also exposes the vulnerability of longing and the nature of desire as she engages in the reciprocal responsiveness of mind-in-body in tango “conversations,” and navigates the intimate space of dancing. Her poetry allows us to sense the rhythm of self and other as object relations dynamics that palpitate through the dance, and which are contained in the embrace as a phenomenon of connectedness.
— Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler, Founder and Executive Director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (NYC), author of six books and over seventy peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and tanguera
A collection of romantic poems for people who think they do not like poetry. Emotions are raw and visceral, reality is juxtaposed with the ephemeral. There is a reaching out to touch what cannot be felt but through the heart. Passion is continual with longing and love. You will not have to study this collection, you will feel it. It is uncomplicated with no hidden meaning or esoteric lines. It is about love and desire, about love and being cared for and protected. It is for romantics and those that dream of such connections in their lives. And yet Stoykova-Asenov reminds us in the last lines of her poem HEART LEFT BEHIND: “Don’t be gone for long – The heart left alone will wander.” This little book will be read many times over. Illustrated with gorgeous drawings of men and women. Any one of which could be framed and appreciated daily.
— R. M. Karp