Diamond and Hops, two poems by Ivan Hristov.
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14 August 2018
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Ivan Hristov is a Bulgarian poet and literary researcher. He is the author of the poetry collections Farewell, Nineteenth Century (winner of the prize for best poetic debut from the National Southern Spring Competition 2002), Bdin (winner of the national literary prize Svetlostruy 2006, in 2015 Bdin was published in Turkey), American poems (2013) as well as the academic monograph The Sagittarius Circle and the Idea of the Native (2009). In 2016 in Romania was published the book Bdin, followed by American poems which contains his last two poetry books. In 2018, his fourth poetry collection called Dictionary of Love came out. The same year Ivan Hristov won the Culture is The Refuge of Humanity award at Safi International Forum of Poetry, Morocco. Since 2010, he has been a member of the organizing committee for the international Sofia: Poetics festival. He currently works at the Institute for Literature at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

 

 

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Diamond

 

(from Greek adamas “unbreakable,” “uncrushable”)

Also known as almaz in Russian,

the hardest naturally occurring substance,

the best thermal conductor

it has the highest melting point and

the largest refraction index of light

resistant to corrosion

a cut brilliant (for reference see: Brilliant) with 57 facets

It is brought to the surface of the earth

as a result of volcanic processes

Symbol of romantic attachment.

 

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 Hops

 

There once was a ritual in which newlyweds were sprinkled

with the fragrant green cones

of this plant

this way, people wished them

health and quick-to-come offspring

And they were never late in coming

Today, dry hops cones

or special hops teas

can be bought from the pharmacy.

The hops is stewed and then drunk,

added to rejuvenating baths

or used for rinsing the hair…

There is hops in beer as well.

It gives the drink a bit of bitterness,

that balances the sweetness of the malt,

and the floral, citrus and herbal fragrances and tastes.

When the beer is finished, it prolongs the foam’s staying power,

and with its acidity acts as a preservative

Men

who abuse this foamy drink

should keep in mind,

that in time

too much infatuation

might make them the owners

of feminine curves.

   

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