Ruxandra Cesereanu , Romania


Ruxandra Cesereanu, ROMANIA

A poem for everybody


The Poems 


A poem for everybody

God stays on the internet watching the human insomnia
as the subworlds in the computer drift at extreme speed.
Nights are carbonized as all nights,
meanwhile days are sweaty because of utopias and lifebuoys.
Give me the perfect word to match in a poem for everybody,
give me the new language for sharing seclusion.

* * *


tonight I’m going to dance seven hours
for my life and my death with silken reins
then for love with rings and troubles
then for dull knives from serpentine bowels
then for fears sent cunningly no one knows where
then for god who slouches against the wall like a transvestite
then for the devil who lights the little flames in the granite chamber
and in the end I’m going to dance for the blood spilled
into the subterranean trough of an unidentified flying object
(my power of destruction and love is strong).

Translated by Adam J. Sorkin and Paul Doru Mugur



The Poet  

Ruxandra Cesereanu – born in Cluj, Romania, on August 17, 1963. Professor at the Faculty of Letters (Department of Comparative Literature) in Cluj, member of the staff of the Center for Imagination Studies (Phantasma) and director of the Creative Writing Workshops on poetry, prose and movie scripts.
She pusblished eight books of poetryCesereanu has also participated in producing a pair of experimental co-authored books written together with Andrei Codrescu. Three books of Cesereanu’s poetry have appeared in English. Books of her poetry has been translated into Italian and Hungarian
Ruxandra Cesereanu has produced seven books of fiction. She is editor chief, Steaua cultural magazine, Cluj-Napoca