LITERARY REPORTAGE: National Poetry Day Translation Summit: The Future of Poetry Translation, Pathways and Practices

In response to the demands of a few Londoners, Oxonians, Romanians, and Floridians that asked me to slam the details of the conference, below is a condensation. On the 4th of October 2018, which is National Poetry Day in the United Kingdom, I attended the National Poetry Day Translation Summit at Senate House in London.Continue reading “LITERARY REPORTAGE: National Poetry Day Translation Summit: The Future of Poetry Translation, Pathways and Practices”

Translation: Lucian Blaga, ‘The Earth’

Lucian Blaga – Pamantul Pe spate ne-am întins în iarbă: tu şi eu. Văzduh topit ca ceara-n arşiţa de soare curgea de-a lungul peste mirişti ca un râu. Tăcere apăsătoare stăpânea pământul şi-o întrebare mi-a căzut în suflet până-n fund.   N-avea să-mi spună nimic pământul? Tot pământu-acesta neindurător de larg şi-ucigător de mut, nimic?Continue reading “Translation: Lucian Blaga, ‘The Earth’”

Translation: George Bacovia, ‘In Happiness’

Original: George Bacovia – In Fericire Sunt clipe cand toate le am… Tacute, duioase psihoze – Frumoase povesti ca visuri de roze… Momente cand toate le am.   Iata, sunt clipe cand toate le am… Viata se duce-n sir de cuvinte – Un cantec de mult… inainte… Momente cand toate le am…   George BacoviaContinue reading “Translation: George Bacovia, ‘In Happiness’”

REVIEW: ANA BLANDIANA, The Sun of Hereafter and Ebb of the Senses

Poet Ana Blandiana, since the 1989 Revolution, has represented an elegant ideology in an era when Romanian political debates have been so fraught and so heated. Through her work with her husband, Romulus Rusan, in the creation of the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, she has become quite a figureContinue reading “REVIEW: ANA BLANDIANA, The Sun of Hereafter and Ebb of the Senses”

FILM REVIEW: OCTAV

In a sphere that has long preferred to showcase the post-communist, impoverished Romania, Serge Ioan Celibidachi’s OCTAV is like an open window, breathing a different sort of cool air into a loaded atmosphere. The film follows the story of Octav Petrescu, played by Marcel Iureș, an elderly man that returns to his childhood mansion inContinue reading “FILM REVIEW: OCTAV”

DOUBLE Book Review: Sonnets from the Spirits and Petals of Vision by Christopher Villiers

Christopher Villiers strikes one’s interest. In Sonnets from the Spirits, a young theologian undertakes an ambitious project: I am reminded of a contemporary philosopher who noted that nothing coming after the New Testament has achieved its beauty. A tiny gameshow host appears on my retina asking, ‘will this guy live up to the challenge?’. TheContinue reading “DOUBLE Book Review: Sonnets from the Spirits and Petals of Vision by Christopher Villiers”

“Salty-eyed and steaming”: Interview with Caroline Petty on her new album, “Mineral Woman”

In high school, Caroline broke convention and she did it with flair. This was immediately before “alternative” became the norm, and in those days she rocked neon colors and jelly flats as a theatre kid. Today, Caroline has just completed her degree in Written Arts and Music at Bard. Start us off by introducing whatContinue reading ““Salty-eyed and steaming”: Interview with Caroline Petty on her new album, “Mineral Woman””

Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Anybody in the contemporary literary scene has heard the name of Elena Ferrante. This past week, as a first act of vacation, I immersed myself in the first of her four Neapolitan novels, My Brilliant Friend. The story is narrated in semi-omniscient first person by Elena Greco, a young girl growing up amidst the violenceContinue reading “Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante”