Kazakh Poet Presents New Collection of Poems in Astana

ASTANA – Kazakh poet Tamara Salimova and 40A Studio, supported by Marriot Hotel, held a presentation of a new book of poems in Astana on Feb. 11. The book called “Candle won’t burn down in the night” is nicely illustrated with black and white photos by talented Astana photographer Yelena Sorokina.

“I wanted to create a book where illustrations will be the prolongations of poetic characters. We did it with Yelena. Poetry and photography interact with each other like a breath in and a breath out on every page of the book,” Salimova said.


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The book is filled with a unique synthesis of life, poetry and photographs. Readers can find living people on its pages. The people are our contemporaries, who can be seen in theatres, in the streets and offices.

The poet said the book is the third one in her life, but it is the first book she presented in Kazakhstan. She characterised the event as a very important one for people who see value in the atmosphere of poetic readings and classic music. Visitors had the opportunity to buy the books with autographs of the authors. Some of the visitors said they bought the books as presents for Valentine’s Day.

“Love, which was born in the sky, feelings, made of rainbows, moonlight, rain, snow and the sun. It is hard to say whether the author lives in the centre of this world or the world is located in her. Harmony and pursuance of the harmony there, where it is broken, acceptance of severe reality and internal healing transformation. You haven’t read such poems!” candidate of Philological Sciences Mark Shtilman said about the book.

Laureate of Daryn State Prize Olzhas Kaptagayev also said of the book, “allegories, comparisons and epithets are beautiful. The book is distinguished by specific philosophy and discussions, making it unique.”

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