One of the most significant Macedonian and internationally acclaimed poets, Bogomil Gjuzel, a lucid and witty erudite of the highest caliber, essayist, author of prose and plays, anthologist and translator, has passed away. Charles Simic (Laureate of the SPE) once described him as: “A world-class poet, writing in a small language, in a small country, in a pretty remote part of the world. His works are remarkable…”.
He was born in Cacak, Serbia, 1939. A poet, narrator, playwright, essayist, translator. He graduated at the University “Ss Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje. He has translated the works of Shakespeare, Wystan Hugh Auden and Thomas Stearns Eliot. In 1994, he becomes the first president (and one of the founders) of the association of Independent writers of Macedonia, as well as a longtime editor of their magazine “Nashe pismo”. In several terms, he was a member of the SPE Board, Director of the SPE, as well as a current member of the “Golden Wreath” Board. He was the winner of prestigious awards at the International poetry gathering in Zagreb in 2002, and “Bosnian Stećak” at the Sarajevo days of poetry, in 2018. Works: Mead (1962), Alchemical Rose (1963), Libation Bearers (1965), Odysseus in Hell (1969), A Well in Time (1972), The Wheel of the Year (1977), Reality is All (1980), State of Siege (1981), Empty Space (1982), Darkness and Milk (1986), Destroying the Wall (1989), Selected Poems (1991), Naked Life (1994), Chaos (1998), She/It (2000); essays: History as Stepmother (1969); prose: The Whole World is a House (1975), Mytho-Stories (three plays, 1982), Legends (1984), Selected Poetry (1962-2002), 2002, “Survival” (2003), “Hourglass”, (2008), “An island on land”, (2008), and Collected works in 7 tomes.