Category Archives: Poetry

The Wolves – poem by Noemi Marin

On Tuesday, April 9, Noemi Marin will speak of her poetry volume, Aerul Departarii. For this occasion, I translated one of her poems. Here’s a link to the Tuesday event. I’ll join her to speak about C. Noica’s Pray for … Continue reading

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Zacchaeus – a poem by Dumitru Ichim

I expected you to be just. What, no? I am a desert, hated by all, and most by me, with heavy bags of sand within my soul. If I were you, under the sycamore, I would have showed my fist … Continue reading

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The Prodigal Son: A Poem by Fr. Dumitru Ichim

This is a translation of a poem by Fr. Dumitru Ichim. I would like to thank Gretchen (see her website here) for a suggestion in line 5 below. My first translation said, “All bridges are broken unstoppable…” The meaning was confusing, though, … Continue reading

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Farewell! A poem by Valeriu Gafencu

The poem was written in communist prisons and memorized by Valeriu Gafencu’s friends. I would be happy and grateful for any suggestions for improving the translation. You can see the Romanian version below.  Farewell   Bleeding out from wounds so … Continue reading

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The Mine: a poem by Valeriu Gafencu

Another poem of Valeriu Gafencu, named by many the Saint of Prisons. Gafencu’s life ended in one of the communist political prisons that were spread throughout Romania immediately after the end of WWII. I translated the poem from Romanian. You … Continue reading

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I live in hunger, by Valeriu Gafencu

This is another poem by Valeriu Gafencu that I translated into English. Even if you do not speak Romanian, you may want to listen to how the nuns from the Diaconesti Monastery in Romania sing it: I am not happy … Continue reading

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Another poem by Valeriu Gafencu

This is another poem by Valeriu Gafencu. Written in prison,  these poems survived because they were memorized by Valeriu’s friends. Gafencu was considered by many “the saint of prisons,” with a phrase consecrated by Nicolae Steinhardt.As always, I would gladly entertain … Continue reading

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A gift; a poem by Valeriu Gafencu

This is a poem composed by Valeriu Gafencu during his last years in communist political prisons in Romania. Gafencu, considered by many who encountered him “the saint of prisons,” did not have a pen to write his poems; they survived … Continue reading

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Eminescu’s Ode

Mihai Eminescu is considered a Romanian national poet. I translated one of his poems in English: Ode (in ancient meter)                                           by Mihai Eminescu I could not imagine ever learn to die; Always youthful, fully wrapped in my mantle, I … Continue reading

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