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UMFK Professor's poem to be published in Labours of Love

December 10, 2004


University of Maine at Fort Kent assistant professor of computer applications, Lilia Kakaradova, will have one of her poems published in Labours of Love, a new edition of poetry that is being published and distributed worldwide by Noble House Publishers of Paris, London and New York.

Kakaradova received the request to publish her work from Nigel Hillary, publisher of the poetry division in London, England, recently.

Noble House is one of the foremost publishers of fictional and non-fictional works by new and established authors today. Their international poetry division has had the honor of publishing the poetry of more than 1,800 poets over the past twelve years.

Kakaradova has had her poems published in the past in the United States.

"I congratulate you on this grand endeavor and I propose that your singular talent and vision deserves appropriate international recognition as well," wrote Hillary in his letter to Kakaradova. He requested that she allow them to publish one of her favorite poems in their new publication.

Labours of Love, a collection of poetry, is perhaps unlike any ever seen, as each poem will be featured on its own page with a recto leaf, opposite the poem, giving readers insight on the author, the meaning of the poem, and or the authors philosophical perspective.

According to Noble House, the book promises to be one whose quality and style is reminiscent of the finest 19th century antique poetry books that were produced during the age of grand bookmaking. The poetry editions were some of the most highly prized volumes because of their attention to detail, quality typography, fine ivory laid paper and colorful ornate covers.

"The poem being published in Labours of Love is very special to me as it commemorates people who are very important in my life: my two sons Boyko and Vassill and Rosie Johnson, a professor of English who lived and worked in Cambridge, Massachusetts," said Kakaradova.

"I wrote the series of poems in the small, peaceful, quiet town of Thomaston, Maine in 1997. I lived in a beautiful house on General Knox Street with a family named Berthochi who had two magnificent children, Elena and Philip," added Kakaradova.

After a short afternoon walk down General Knox Street, she discovered that it ran directly into the ocean. She enjoyed the breath-taking view and fantasy of colors as she sat on the cliffs and began writing the poems "Bulgaria", "Who Knows" and "The Sky of Maine".

Her poems were read by Johnson at a graduation ceremony at the Penobscot School in Rockland, Maine. According to Kakaradova, Johnson's voice was so peaceful that everybody in the auditorium understood the poems had their own vivid life and not that of the author.

"I have no other treasure to give to my sons, Boyko, a student at Stanford University, and Vassil, a student at the Maine School of Science and Math in Limestone," said Kakaradova. "I give them just small poems of courage, dreams, love and the belief of a beautiful life in the United States of America."

Labours of Love is scheduled for release in Spring of 2005.