Love poems, written by a young girl who died of leukemia at the age of 23. Appreciation of nature, reflections on solitude, unrequited love . . .
Two months before she died, she wrote extraordinary poems about her suffering. It is remarkable that in the face of approaching death, she remained optimistic and hopeful. She saw death as a continuation of life and expected “to live in both.”
Danila Stoianova was born in Sofia in 1961. She was the daughter of Tsvetan Stoianov, a charismatic literary critic and translator. As a child, she heard the poems of Emily Dickinson and T.S. Eliot read in English and in her father’s translation. She lived in house full of books, and was often in the company of poetsfriends of her parents.
Her father died suddenly in 1971. Her grandmother died soon after. Death cast its long shadow on the family. At eighteen, Danila was diagnosed with advanced leukemia. She fought the disease valiantly for five years. Then her immune system, weakened by chemotherapy, succumbed to infection. She died in Paris in 1984.