Ana Blandiana (1942) is a pseudonym of Otilia Valerie Coman, dissident, politician, essayist and poet. She is considered one of the most prominent and translated Romanian authors, and has been included in numerous anthologies and publications. Her poetry has been translated into more than fifteen languages. In 2017, she was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize.
Poetry that creates beautiful landscapes in which there is nothing decorative or sentimental. Intensely sensual language evokes “violent” images linking man to the beyond, life and death, without any fear or bitterness. Meditation on universal issues about the fragility and vulnerability of the subject, the transience, the limitations of human experience and the cosmic rhythm of death and life.