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Romania Poetry

My Native Land A4

Ana Blandiana

Romania Poetry

My Native Land A4

Ana Blandiana

Author

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.

Overview

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.

Praise

The blank page... stands as a perennial reminder of how freedom emerges even within repression... I am most moved in her book by the delicacy and scope realized time after time by her profoundly analogical imagination.

Charles Altieri, Chicago Review