July 1, 2014 - 14:57 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Poetess Nora Nadjarian is currently representing Cyprus at the Poetry World Cup 2014 organized by The Missing Slate (TSM) magazine. After beating Serbian poet Dušan Gojkov by three votes, the Armenian-Cypriot writer will be battling with Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé from Singapore, InCyprus reports.
The poem ‘Separation’ which is representing Cyprus in the competition, starts with the line “The time came when they longed to return” which gracefully introduces author’s most favored themes of loss, pain, regret and inevitable passage of time.
In her interview with The Cyprus Daily she explained: “‘Separation’ was actually selected by the editor of “Missing Slate”, Jacob Silkstone, who contacted me a few weeks ago to inform me about the “World Poetry Cup” and to ask if I’d be happy for the poem to represent Cyprus. I was delighted with his choice, as it happens to be one of my favorite poems”.
The poetess has been awarded local and international prizes as a sign of recognition for her short stories and poems that are written in English, Armenian and Greek. Nadjarian is currently working on a new book of short stories.
“I don’t know if I’ve always wanted to be a poet. I do know that I have been blessed with a poetic soul. Even as a very young child I would read poems and stories and my imagination would take me into worlds which for me felt as real as the one I lived in. I remember crying my eyes out at the age of about seven, after having read the story of an orphaned child who had to spend a night alone, out in the cold. For me, the life of that imaginary character was as true as the life of our neighbors’ son” she shared.
TMS Literature and Art magazine aims to “honor talent and incorporate as many styles, opinions and cultures as possible”. Originated in Pakistan, the magazine has published works from over 60 countries and is known for the literary competitions that are taking place on the regular basis; the Poetry World Cup is just one of many.